Oral cancer screenings from a dentist in the 45459 zip code area can save lives
Oral cancer is a disease that is often diagnosed after it has spread to other parts of the body. When caught early, the mortality rate is significantly lower. This means that early detection is extremely important. Through regular exams and oral cancer screening, Dr. Cobb and the team at Alex Bell Dental can help catch the signs of cancer early when it is the most treatable.
We believe in the importance of oral cancer screening for the majority of our patients. The process for oral cancer screening is quick, easy, and painless.
Dr. Cobb will begin with a visual examination of the insides of the cheeks and the tongue; checking the top and bottom for signs of bumps, lumps, or sores. He will then move on to examining the salivary gland looking for signs of blockages or swelling. He will also look at the color and consistency of the saliva. Normal saliva is thin and clear and very important to your oral health. It works to flush out acids and bacteria in the mouth that can lead to decay and disease. He will also check the throat to identify any early warning signs of throat cancer.
The entire oral cancer screening can be completed in less than five minutes and can dramatically increase your potential for a positive outcome if early signs of cancer are discovered. For healthy patients, the screening is repeated once every five years and can be done during your regular check-up. For patients who are at an increased risk of oral cancer, it may be recommended to have the screening once per year.
Risk factors for oral cancer include:
- Patients who smoke or use tobacco products,
- Patients who drink alcohol regularly.
- Patients who habitually bite their tongue or inside of their cheek.
Dr. Cobb believes in the importance of oral cancer screenings to maintaining oral health and overall well-being which is why he makes it part of routine visits for his patients. Identifying risk factors and potential problems early can result in a significantly better outcome. At Alex Bell, the health of our patients is our top priority. To learn more about our oral cancer screening and other services we provide in the 45459, call us today to schedule an appointment.
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