Oral cancer screenings are often not the first thing patients consider when visiting their dentist. In fact, many dentists perform these screenings without the patient being aware of it. At Bramwest Family Dental, we take care of your overall health as well as your oral health. During your exam, your dentist in Brampton, ON will look for signs of oral cancer and determine your need for help from a specialist.
The risk of developing oral cancer has been linked to certain activities, such as smoking tobacco or drinking excessively regularly. Age and gender are also risk factors, as male patients and patients over the age of 40 are more at risk. Certain foods and medications may also affect your oral health and the chance of oral cancer developing. Patients that have been diagnosed with oral cancer or HPV in the past should remain diligent, as this may increase the chance of incurring the disease.
The earlier your dentist can spot signs of oral cancer, the more likely treatment will be successful. During an oral health screening, your neck and face along with the inside of the mouth will be examined thoroughly. Your dental professional will look for abnormalities, discoloration, and anything else that may indicate oral cancer.
To learn more about oral cancer screenings at Bramwest Family Dental, visit our office or call us today to schedule an appointment and speak with a dental professional about your oral health. We can give you more information about your oral health status and perform an evaluation to look for signs of oral cancer. You will be referred to a specialist if any abnormalities are found so that treatment can begin as soon as possible and your chance of fighting the disease, if it is diagnosed, is greatly increased.