Oral cancer is the last thing people usually think about during a visit to a dentist. However, your dentist is trained to spot any early signs of this type of cancer. Your Family Dental in Merritt Island will be your first line of defense in stopping oral cancer dead in its tracks. If you have any concerns about oral cancer, you’re not alone. Not only are dentists are trained in preserving a healthy smile, but we take oral health to an entirely different level by screening for oral cancer that can be associated with tobacco and alcohol use.
Oral cancer screenings happen at the request of the patient. At the same time, a dentist can check for any signs even while he or she performs a routine checkup. If the dentist discovers a potential sign of oral cancer, they will feel around for any tissue abnormalities in your mouth and throat. If your dentist finds something that requires further examination, a brush test will be performed to collect cells that live in lesions inside your mouth. Once we obtain a sample, we will decide if a biopsy is needed. Biopsies will happen if the results come back either positive or atypical.
Oral cancer can be preventable. It starts with you taking the necessary actions to remove any hazards that may increase the risk of developing this type of cancer. These hazards include but are not limited to:
You can even ask your dentist to perform an oral cancer screening at your next dental visit. You will have an even better chance of eradicating this if it can be caught in its early stages.
There is never a better time than right now to request an oral cancer screening. If you already have an appointment set with Your Family Dental in Merritt Island, you should ask your dentist about a screening. If you have no appointment set, contact our office today so we can get you in at your best available time.