July 15, 2017
If you cannot remember the last time you had an oral cancer screening, it is time to call and schedule an appointment for a comprehensive dental examination with Dr. David Schaefer. Dr. Schaefer and his team will give you a complete and thorough dental checkup that will not only detect tooth decay and gum disease, but can also alert your attending physicians if there is anything unusual about your mouth, including your teeth, gums, neck, tongue, and throat.
When you schedule an appointment with Dr. Schaefer and his team for an oral cancer screening your tongue, throat, the roof of your mouths and your gums will be examined to check for anything unusual.
According to the American Dental Association, an astonishing 75 percent of all neck and head cancers start in the oral cavity. With early detection, you have a much better chance of survival.
Although there is no conclusive evidence, scientist believes that certain factors could increase your risk of any type of oral cancer. You may be in the high-risk category if you:
- Use any type of tobacco including pipes, cigars, chewing tobacco cigarettes and a Hookah pipe
- A heavy alcohol drinker
- Have been diagnosed with oral cancer in the past
- A history of sun exposure, which increases lip cancer risk
Signs that you may have Oral Cancer include:
- Sores that don’t heal
- Sores that bleed
- Lumps or growths in your mouth
- A lump or growth on your cheeks, lips, tongue, or throat
- Loose teeth
- Ill-fitting dentures
- Teeth pain
- Jaw stiffness or pain
- Pain when chewing or swallowing
- Persistent sore throat
Oral cancer can develop on your:
- Roof of your mouth
- Floor of your mouth
If you would like more information regarding an oral cancer screening, or would like to schedule an appointment for an oral cancer screening with Dr. David Schaefer and his team, call or click.
Early detection really can save your life. Call or click now.