Oral Cancer Screening

The earlier the diagnosis, the better chances for a cure!
With the widespread dissemination of information about oral cancer, the occurrence of this disease has decreased dramatically within the previous 30 years. Oral cancer screenings are more common than ever in most dental offices. Because we care about the health of our patients, Park Dental Center offers thorough oral cancer screenings to anyone, even if you’re not at high risk.

Who is affected by oral cancer?
Oral cancer can affect anyone, but there are some groups who need to be more cognizant of their oral health. Of the sexes, men are more prone to oral cancer than women, and African Americans are at a higher risk than any other ethnic group. Dental statistics have shown that half of those with oral cancer are not diagnosed until the cancer has spread to the lymph nodes or other areas of the body. You can prevent the spread of oral cancer by seeing your dentist in Flint MI for a routine screening.

Have an oral cancer screening during your dental check-up
Having a skilled and knowledgeable dentist in Flint MI perform your oral cancer screening is important. You can get the optimal care you need and deserve at Park Dental Center. During your oral cancer screening, a dentist will assess your entire mouth, including your lips, tongue, cheeks and throat. During this exam, the dentist will be looking for abnormal red and white patches of cells referred to as erythroplakia and leukoplakia, as well as lesions.

How can you reduce your oral cancer risk?
Oral cancer is easily avoidable with some lifestyle changes. Avoiding tobacco of any kind, including cigarettes, chewing tobacco, cigars and pipes will decrease your likelihood of developing oral cancer greatly. This disease is also associated with heavy alcohol use and the human papillomavirus (HPV). If you spend any time in the sun, be sure to use lipstick or gloss that has SPF.

If you are a smoker or use alcohol frequently, it is important to have routine oral cancer screening. Early detection is the key to keeping you healthy! Call Park Dental Center today and schedule an appointment with one of our helpful dental specialists!