One important preventative dental service that we provide at Postle Dental Group is oral cancer screenings. Our dentists perform an oral cancer screening every time you come in for a dental check-up at our Hilliard dental office. These screenings can help us detect early signs of oral cancer and precancerous lesions. By finding these issues early, there is a higher chance of treating them successfully.
Benefits of Oral Cancer Screenings
When left undiagnosed and untreated, oral cancer can be deadly. However, when caught in the early stages, the survival rate for this condition is high. We recommend having an oral cancer screening at least twice a year, however, if you are at a higher risk of developing the condition, it is important to have screenings on a more frequent basis.
While certain lifestyle choices, such as tobacco use and excessive alcohol consumption, can greatly increase your risk for developing oral cancer, it is a common misconception that if you are not a tobacco or alcohol user then you are not at risk for oral cancer. A large percentage of Americans that are diagnosed with oral cancer each year are not tobacco or alcohol users. Because of this, it is important to maintain regular cancer screenings regardless of substance habits.
What to Expect During an Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer screenings are a visual and physical check-up of your oral cavity and connected tissues. During your screening, we will inspect your gums, tongue, the insides of your cheeks, the roof of your mouth, and the back of your throat. If you have a removable appliance, such as dentures, you will need to take them out for the screening.
During the exam, we will carefully look for abnormalities such as growths or discoloration. If we find anything concerning, we may suggest a biopsy to get a better look at your cells. If you notice any irregularities or abnormalities in your mouth, you should call us to schedule an oral cancer screening.
Oral cancer can be a scary, serious, and life-threatening condition, but early detection is key! To make sure that you are not at risk for this cancer, or any other oral health conditions, it is important to visit the dentist regularly. If you are due for a check-up or are concerned that you may be at risk for oral cancer, call us today at (614)-850-0446 to schedule an appointment.