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Why is Annual Oral Cancer Screening Important?

Many people think they aren’t at risk for oral cancer. If you think you’re safe, just remember there are plenty of risk factors involved when it comes to this deadly disease and even the healthiest of individuals can develop oral cancer.

The most commonly advertised risk factors of oral cancer are tobacco use and alcohol consumption- but these are not the only ones. Exposure to sun and even viruses can be potential risk factors. Hence, this is a disease that can affect people of all ages and demographics.

The Best Treatment? Early Screening

An early diagnosis can save lives! When you screen early, treatment will be far more efficient and also far less aggressive. At Somersmiles Dental, we have highly qualified oral health professionals under our employ with extensive experience in handling screening for oral cancer. With regular screening, we can identify and record any changes to your oral tissue since your last checkup.

Symptoms to Watch Out For

When you come into our clinic, there are specific pathological changes to your tissues we will be looking out for, which include:

  • Differences on either side of the mouth
  • Lumps
  • Swollen lymph tissues
  • Sores that do not heal within 2 weeks
  • Red/white patches
  • Irregular patterns

Hard to Catch On Your Own

The problem with this disease is that it’s highly unlikely that you’ll catch it  on your own and by the time you do notice any symptoms, you’ll have progressed to a severe phase since the cancer has been given ample time to spread dangerously.

This is why we recommend scheduling regular oral cancer screening at Somersmiles Dental.