When it comes to cancer, early detection and treatment can save lives. Oral cancer screenings, which can occur right at your dentist's office during a routine examination, can detect oral cancer in its earliest stages, ensuring a prompt treatment and swift recovery time. However, many people have never even heard of this powerful diagnostic tool. Find out more about oral cancer screenings and how they can save your smile with Dr. Nicholas Papapetros, Dr. Jhon Giraldo, and Dr. Paul Masterson at Stiles Family Dentistry in Salem, NH.
What is an oral cancer screening?
An oral cancer screening is a simple procedure which normally takes place during a routine examination. Your dentist thoroughly examines the oral tissues for any signs of abnormalities, including white or red patches of tissue, unusual sores, lumps, or swollen areas. Your dentist may also use a special light or dye to further investigate your mouth for oral cancer. In any circumstances, this screening is an important part of the fight against oral cancer and helps you and your dentist find and treat this condition in its most treatable stages.
Am I at risk for oral cancer?
Though oral cancer mainly affects individuals over the age of 40, it can occur in anyone. Age, however, is not the only risk factor. Those who use tobacco are at a high risk of oral cancers, especially if they use smokeless tobacco. Those who have long-term exposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays or who have a family history of cancer may also be at risk for this disease. Your dentist can assess your risk for oral cancer and help you determine how often you should receive oral cancer screenings.
Oral Cancer Screenings in Salem, NH
No matter your risk, the American Dental Association recommends seeing your dentist every six months for regular examinations and professional cleanings. Your dentist can perform an oral cancer screening during this visit to kill two birds with one stone.
For more information on oral cancer screenings, please contact Dr. Papapetros, Dr. Giraldo, and Dr. Masterson at Stiles Family Dentistry in Salem, NH. Call (603) 893-4538 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!