While the heart of your routine dental checkup is focused on cleaning your teeth, polishing surface stains, detecting tooth decay and gum disease; it also includes a routine cancer screening. Early detection is absolutely critical for successful treatment of oral cancer.
The American Dental Association estimates that 1 in 92 adults will develop oral or pharyngeal cancer in their lifetime. On the average, men are more likely to develop oral cancer than women. The average age of detection is 62. Activities like regular alcohol and tobacco use increase the chances that you could develop oral cancer earlier in life.
Let your dentist know about any family history of oral cancer, additional risk factors or medical problems related to oral cancer.
Detecting oral cancer early on greatly increases your chances for successful treatment. This makes your routine dental checkup especially important to not just to your teeth and gums, but your overall oral health.
If you have questions or concerns about oral cancer, or you are overdue for your regular dental checkup please call us at 510.783.1414 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping you maintain good oral health!