The Value of Oral Cancer Screening
Cleaning your teeth, polishing surface stains, detecting tooth decay and gum disease is only one part of your twice annual dental checkup. The last part of the checkup includes a basic cancer screening. Detecting oral cancer early improves the chances of successful treatment.
The American Dental Association estimates that 1 in 92 adults will develop oral or pharyngeal cancer in their lifetime. Statistically men are twice as likely to develop oral cancer than women. The average age of detection is 62. However, factors like regular alcohol and tobacco use increase the chances of developing oral cancer earlier in life.
Be sure to let your dentist know about any family history of oral cancer or additional risk factors related to oral cancer.
The cancer screening, is a fast inspection where they will check your tongue, throat, face, head and neck looking for any signs of infection, swelling or cancer.
If you have questions or concerns about oral cancer, or you are overdue for your regular dental checkup please call us at 515.965.5999 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping you maintain good oral health!