Did you know that thousands of american have been diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer. Oral cancel has been the cause of death in one individual every hour of everyday. Therefore i am writing this article to encourage you to get your dental checkup and cleanings on time. If you are overdue just know it is never too late to get in and get checked.
Most Common Factors That Increase The Chance Of Oral Cancer Development:
- Poor Diet
- Human Papilloma Virus ( HPV)
Note: Oral cancer has been detected in people that had no risk factors, therefore this disease can affect any individual.
How Does The Cancer Present Itself :
- First stages : tiny white or red spot or sore in the mouth
Note: It can affect the lips, cheek lining, tongue, gums, and hard/soft palate
What Signs To Look For:
- Color change in the oral tissue
- Whitening of the tissue
- Difficulty chewing or swallowing
Dental professionals such as your dentist and dental hygienist will be your first line of defense to detect any abnormalities inside the oral cavity. Therefore It is Very important to be on time for your dental cleanings and checkups.
If anything suspicious detected by your dental professional remember to stay calm and think positive. Your dental professionals will have you back in a week or two for a re-check. If the concerning issue is still present they will refer you to a local oral surgeon to evaluate the finding, and plan for further testing to be done.
According to the Cda Website This year, approximately 30,000 American will be diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer. Based on studies men have been twice as likely to develop oral cancer in comparison to women due to their consumption in alcohol and tobacco use. There is also a higher rate of oral cancer diagnoses in the young male generation that is HPV related.
Dental Professionals can now diagnose not only visually but with the use of oral lesion screening technology known as ViziLite PRO. Denmat has come out with their latest innovation in light based fluorescence technology. The ViziLite PRO is a effective approach to detecting epithelial dysplasia at early stages.
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If not take a moment to search in your area and see what your insurance covers and find your forever dental family.