Your regular dental checkup at Crossroads Dental has several purposes. While the primary focus of the checkup is to clean your teeth, detect cavities and gum disease, it also includes a basic oral cancer screening. Early detection of oral or pharyngeal cancer early, greatly increases your chances of a successful treatment.
The American Dental Association reports that 1 out of every 92 adults will develop some form of oral or pharyngeal cancer in their lifetime. The average age of diagnosis is 62 years old. Increased risk factors such as a family history or oral cancer, regular tobacco use and increased alcohol consumption, increase the chances of developing oral cancer at a younger age. On the average men are almost twice as likely to develop oral cancer than women.
The oral cancer screening is performed at the end of your dental checkup at Crossroads Dental. Your dentist will examine your tongue, throat, face, and neck for any swelling or abnormal discoloration. It’s a good idea to let them know about any increased risk factors for oral cancer you might have.
If you have questions or concerns about oral cancer, or you are due for your next dental checkup please call Crossroads Dental at 757-541-2168 to schedule an appointment.