With every visit, your Dripping Springs family dentist will perform an oral cancer screening.
Why is that? Because we care about your overall health just as much as we care about protecting your smile for years to come. And we can catch it early – before you experience any warning signs like pain or discomfort. This is when the outcome is most favorable.
More than 50,000 Americans will be diagnosed with some type of oral cancer this year. About 10,000 people, or one in five, will die from these cancers. The average age of diagnoses is 62, but it also affects younger people. That’s why early detection is critical.
What causes oral cancer? Age is often cited as a risk factor, since most sufferers are older. Recent data has revealed the fastest growing segment is non-smokers under the age of 50. There are several factors that likely increase your chances of developing oral cancer. They are:
- Tobacco use
- Alcohol consumption
- A weakened immune system
- Viral infections
It’s important to call us, your Dripping Springs Family dentist, right away if you experience any of these warning signs …
- A white or red patch that sticks around for more than two weeks.
- Hoarseness or a change in how you sound that lasts more than two weeks.
- Sore throat that doesn’t subside.
- Pain, swelling, or a lump in the mouth or neck that doesn’t disappear.
What happens during your oral cancer screening? While you’re in the dentist’s chair, we will complete a full exam of your mouth. If necessary, we will conduct extra tests to pinpoint where the abnormal cells are.
Get your regular screening! If you’ve been putting off a visit to our practice or are new to the community, now’s the time to get in touch.
Yours in dental health,
Dr. Rob Smith, DDS, Dripping Springs