At Framingham Family Dental Care, we're dedicated to providing comprehensive dentistry that takes every aspect of your oral health into account. In addition to closely evaluating your teeth and gums, we also perform fast, easy oral cancer screenings at every checkup. Although this devastating disease is on the rise, the survival rate is 85%-90% when it's found early. If you're overdue for a checkup with a dentist in Framingham and you’d like to be proactive about your oral health, contact us today to schedule an appointment. After your visit, you'll have a healthier smile and peace of mind from getting one of these important screenings.
Sadly, an estimated 53,000 people in the U.S. (or 132 people each day) are diagnosed with oral cancer each year, and one person will die from it every hour. It's helpful to be aware of the following risk factors, but keep in mind that oral cancer can also be found in people who have no risk factors:
Oral cancer screenings are automatically included in every checkup and take just minutes. We'll start by visually inspecting your lips, cheeks, throat, palate, and underneath your tongue. We'll also check for any lumps, bumps, or tender areas on your neck and under your lower jaw.
The importance of finding oral cancer early can't be overemphasized. With just two simple, non-invasive screenings per year, you're giving yourself the best chance for early detection and effective treatment. And since they're already included in your routine checkups, they couldn't be easier.
Also, while professional screenings are essential, it's also a good idea to watch for the following signs and symptoms between visits: