Oral Cancer: Why Screening Matters

Oral Cancer: Why Screening Matters
April 16, 2024 Jennifer Krupa
In Blog

Oral Cancer: Why Screening Matters

At Dentistry of the Carolinas, we’re committed to your overall health and well-being, which is why we’re highlighting Oral Cancer Awareness Month this April. Did you know that oral cancer affects millions of people worldwide, with early detection being key to successful treatment? As your trusted dental care providers in the Charlotte and surrounding areas, we want to emphasize the importance of regular oral cancer screenings performed right here in our offices.

Understanding Oral Cancer:

Oral cancer can affect any part of the mouth, including the lips, tongue, cheeks, and throat. While certain risk factors such as tobacco use, excessive alcohol consumption, and HPV infection can increase your chances of developing oral cancer, it’s essential to remember that anyone can be affected, regardless of their lifestyle.

The Importance of Screening:

Early detection is crucial in the fight against oral cancer. Our skilled dental professionals are trained to recognize the signs and symptoms of oral cancer during routine check-ups. By conducting thorough oral examinations and screenings, we can identify any suspicious lesions or abnormalities that may require further evaluation.

What to Expect During a Screening:

During your dental visit, your dentist will perform a comprehensive oral examination, which may include:

  • Visual inspection of the mouth, lips, and throat
  • Palpation of the jaw, neck, and lymph nodes
  • And, when necessary, oral cancer screening devices, to detect abnormal tissues

These screenings are quick, painless, and can potentially save lives by detecting oral cancer in its earliest stages.

Empowering Our Patients:

We believe that knowledge is power, which is why we encourage our patients to be proactive about their oral health. Here are some helpful tips to reduce your risk of oral cancer:

  • Avoid tobacco products and limit alcohol consumption
  • Practice good oral hygiene, including regular brushing and flossing
  • Eat a balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables
  • Limit exposure to the sun and use lip balm with SPF protection

Schedule Your Screening Today:

Your oral health is our top priority. If you haven’t had an oral cancer screening recently, now is the perfect time to schedule one with Dentistry of the Carolinas. Together, we can work towards early detection and prevention of oral cancer, ensuring a healthier, brighter smile for years to come.