Routine dental exam can help save your life

Monday, September 19th, 2011

A routine oral exam at your dentist’s office can help save your life. How? In detecting early warning signs of cancer. Yet many people don’t know this simple, painless, twenty-minute check up should be done once every year.

Approximately 30,000 new cases of oral cancer are diagnosed each year in the United States. According to the American Cancer Society, oral cancer occurs almost as frequently as leukemia and claims almost as many lives as melanoma cancer.

Many people don’t even know the cancer screening exam is taking place while the dentist or hygienist is doing it. During a dental oral exam, the dentist moves the tongue, checks the glands in the mouth, even checks the patient’s head and neck. They feel for physical anomalies in an area that would be overlooked by a general physician. Cancers can be detected before more obvious external indications arise by changes or abnormalities in the glands of the mouth, under the tongue, or in the tongue itself.”

The stage at which an oral cancer is diagnosed is critical to the course of the disease. When detected at its earliest stage, oral cancer is more easily treated and cured. When detected late, the overall five-year survival rate is about 50 percent.

Don’t wait till it’s too late!  Call today to schedule your Dental Oral Exam.