According to the American Dental Association, 60 percent of the U.S. population visits the dentist every year. During those visits, dentists and hygienists will provide a thorough examination, cleaning, and preventative oral care. Something they’ll also provide, and a service we offer at Great American Smiles, is an oral cancer screening. This test for the early stages of oral cancer could mean that a form of mouth or throat cancer is caught early, and the patient is able to seek the treatment they need. Oral cancer affects nearly 200,000 people each year, and while treatable, it can be fatal if not caught in the early stages.

Don’t Wait Any Longer

If you’re concerned about the possibility of oral cancer, either because of tobacco use or another factor, it’s important to speak with your dentist about it. When you’re with us, we’ll look for sores or lumps in the mouth – usually along the gumline – and give you our conclusions. You may have trouble swallowing and could experience pain in the mouth, face, or ears. Other symptoms can be bad breath and chronic coughing, and only through proper treatment can you hope to overcome these issues.

Catching oral cancer early is integral to treating the problem in time, and at Great American Smiles, we are happy to provide our patients with this service. We want to help you understand the risks for mouth and throat cancer, and do what we can to assuage your fears surrounding these conditions. If you haven’t been to the dentist in some time, join the 60 percent who visit regularly, and you may give yourself a better chance of avoiding oral cancer altogether!