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Oral Cancer Screenings

At Brittney K. Craig, DMD, we are committed to not only ensuring your dental health but also your overall well-being. Oral cancer screenings are a vital part of your regular dental check-ups, and in this brief guide, we'll explain why they are crucial, what they involve, and how they can contribute to your health and peace of mind.

Why Oral Cancer Screenings Matter: Oral cancer is a potentially life-threatening condition that can affect various parts of the mouth, including the lips, tongue, cheeks, and throat. Early detection is key to successful treatment, and oral cancer screenings are designed to identify potential issues in their earliest, most treatable stages.

 

What to Expect During an Oral Cancer Screening: Oral cancer screenings are quick, painless, and typically performed during your regular dental check-up. Here's what the process involves:

  • Visual Examination: Your dentist will carefully examine your mouth, lips, tongue, and throat for any unusual signs or changes in tissue color, texture, or appearance.

  • Manual Palpation: Your dentist may gently feel the tissues in your mouth and throat to detect any lumps, bumps, or abnormalities.

  • Advanced Technology: In some cases, your dentist may use specialized tools or technologies to aid in the examination.

 

Who Should Get Screened: Oral cancer screenings are recommended for everyone, regardless of age or risk factors. While certain habits, such as tobacco and alcohol use, increase the risk of oral cancer, cases can occur in individuals without these risk factors. Regular screenings ensure early detection and prompt treatment, improving outcomes.

 

The Importance of Early Detection: Oral cancer can progress rapidly, making early detection critical. When detected in its early stages, treatment is often less invasive and more successful, providing a higher chance of full recovery.

 

Your Peace of Mind: Oral cancer screenings are a proactive measure to safeguard your health. Even if you have no apparent symptoms or risk factors, these screenings offer peace of mind, knowing that your oral health is being thoroughly monitored.

 

At Brittney K. Craig, DMD, we care about your overall health and well-being. We encourage you to schedule regular dental check-ups, including oral cancer screenings, to ensure that any potential issues are identified and addressed promptly.

If you have any questions about oral cancer screenings or would like to schedule an appointment, please don't hesitate to reach out to us. Your health is our priority, and we're here to support you in every way we can.

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