The Oral Cancer Foundation estimates that nearly 50,000 new cases of oral cancer will be diagnosed in the US in 2016. In the last decade, there has been an increase in the rate of occurrence of oral cancer, especially an increased rate of oral cancer caused by HPV.
Your Bolivia or Oak Island dentist is in a unique position to detect and diagnose oral cancer before it progresses. Think about it – you only see your doctor when a problem arises, and chances are you aren’t regularly inspecting your mouth for signs and symptoms. Your dentist, however, should ideally see you twice every year. We are always on the lookout for any changes or abnormalities in your mouth.
Some of the warning signs and symptoms of oral cancer include (can occur on the lips, mouth, tongue, gums, throat, or any area inside the mouth):
Risk factors for developing oral cancer include:
We’ve invested in a high-tech oral cancer screening device to give you peace of mind, and ensure we catch any signs of the disease before it progresses. A special fluorescent light illuminates any tissue abnormalities inside the mouth to detect potential signs of the disease before they become visible to the naked eye. This gives us the best chance of treating the disease before it progresses, and your best chance at survival and recovery.