By Carrollwood Dental
January 04, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral cancer  

These fast, simple screenings could make a big difference when it comes to your health.oral cancer

How often do you visit the dentist for routine care? If you don’t know the last time you came into the office and got your teeth cleaned or your mouth examined by our Tampa, FL dentist Dr. Dana Cuculici then it’s high time you scheduled an appointment.

Sure, these cleanings are a great way to ensure that teeth, gums and your jawbone remain healthy and free of issues, but it’s also the perfect time to conduct a quick oral cancer screening.

Why do I need an oral cancer screening?

A lot of people never think health problems can happen to them but oral cancer can truly happen to anyone, even those who’ve never had any dental issues in the past.

Getting a quick oral cancer screening from our Tampa general dentist is truly the best way to detect cancer during its earliest stages when it’s far less invasive to treat and the prognosis is much better. Imagine that this painless screening could just end up saving your life at some point.

What goes into an oral cancer screening?

The screening is pretty simple. In fact, it’s possible that you haven’t even noticed when we’ve performed this evaluation during your last cleaning. All we do is check the soft tissue of your mouth including under the tongue to look for lumps, growths or other changes that could indicate that you have oral cancer. The screening is fast and completely non-invasive.

Who should get this screening? How often should I come in?

Everyone should get an oral cancer screening even if they don’t have any risk factors. Of course, if you have these risk factors you may want to talk to us about whether or not you should get screened more regularly:

  • You are a tobacco user
  • You are a heavy drinker
  • You’ve been diagnosed with human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • You are over 55 years old
  • You’ve had long-term exposure to UV light
  • You have a weakened immune system
  • You have a poor diet

Regardless of risk factors, it’s important that you keep up with your oral health to guarantee that any issues are caught right away when they are easier to treat. Here at Carrollwood Dental in Tampa, FL we believe preventive dentistry is key to a healthy smile and a healthy life. Schedule your next appointment with us today.