Oral Cancer Screenings at Sweet Hart Dental
Oral cancer is a disease that sneaks up on people and can be life-threatening when left untreated. Luckily, when it’s caught early, the survival rate goes up significantly. Whenever you come in for your dental exams, Dr. Hart will conduct a screening for oral cancer by checking your mouth, head, and neck. Learn more about oral cancer screenings and why they’re vital for your health at Sweet Hart Dental.
These statistics from the American Cancer Society will shed more light on oral cancer and the people it affects.
- In 2019, about 53,000 people will get oral cancer.
- About 20% of those, 10,860 people, will die from the disease
- The death rate has been decreasing for 30 years, partially due to screenings.
- The average age of people diagnosed with oral cancer is 62.
Common Causes of Oral Cancer
Oral cancer can occur for a wide variety of reasons, but the following conditions are common among sufferers of the disease:
- Smoking and chewing tobacco
- Alcohol abuse
- Excessive sun exposure on your lips
- The presence of a sexually transmitted virus called HPV
Symptoms to Look Out For
Dr. Hart knows all of the subtle signs to look for in an oral cancer screening, but if you notice any of these symptoms, seek medical care immediately:
- Difficulty swallowing
- Pain in the mouth
- Ear discomfort and pain
- A visible lump inside of your mouth
- Loose teeth
- Sores in the mouth that don’t heal
Where Does Oral Cancer Develop?
Oral cancer sneaks up on the sufferer, mainly because the early symptoms may be difficult to detect or easy to ignore. The disease can develop on the lips, tongue, gums, inner tissue of the cheeks, under the tongue, or roof of the mouth.
This is why an oral cancer screening from Dr. Hart is so important — it can occur in a wide variety of places that may be difficult to see by yourself.
What to Expect From Your Oral Cancer Screening
Considering how vital it is, oral cancer screenings are remarkably quick and simple. Dr. Hart will simply conduct a thorough exam, searching for the key signs of oral cancer. She’ll inspect your mouth, head, and neck, and ultimately, you’ll leave our office knowing that you’re free from the problem, or are in need of treatment. Although it takes a short time, the screening is extremely important, and a standard part of your dental exam at Sweet Hart Dental.
Get Your Oral Cancer Screening in Pembroke Pines
We take pride in seeing our patients leave with a healthy smile, and part of that is screening for diseases like oral cancer. If you’re due for your next dental appointment with Dr. Hart, you’ll receive the screening as part of your visit.
It’s just one more way we strive to keep our patients safe and healthy, while helping them achieve their smile goals. Contact us today to schedule your next appointment.