Oral Cancer Screening; could you be at risk?

As part of a routine dental examination at Coast Dental Centre, your dentist will carefully examine your gums, tongue, lips and cheeks for any abnormal bumps and lesions.

There a number of risk factors that may make a person more susceptible to developing oral cancer. These factors are mostly based on lifestyle, and are controllable. Heavy drinkers and tobacco users are at a greater risk for oral cancer, as well as people who eat a very low amount of fruits and vegetables. Incidents of oral cancer are also linked to secondhand smoke. Excessive sun exposure can cause cancer of the lip. Poor diet and overall oral health care can also be contributing factors. Patients who have the HPV virus should also be conscientious about maintaining regular checkups, as certain strains of HPV are linked to an increased risk for oral cancer.

The good news is that, when caught in it’s early stages, oral cancer treatment has a high success rate. That is why it is so important to come in for dental checkups every six months (at the same time, you will benefit from a professional cleaning). At Coast Dental, your dentist will inspect and palpate the gums and inside of the cheeks. If any abnormal masses are found, you will be referred for further screening immediately.

To lower your chances of developing oral cancer, it is recommended that you eat lots of fruits and vegetables and limit or completely abstain from tobacco and alcohol. If you go out in the sun, use a lip balm that contains SPF to prevent burns. Our main goal is to ensure the overall health well being of all of patients. If you are overdue for a checkup, please call us today to book an appointment.

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