Don’t skip out on your routine dental exams twice a year. Find out why.
Are you a smoker? Does oral cancer run in your family? Are you someone who is healthy and hasn’t even had so much as a cavity in your lifetime? Regardless of your risk factors, lifestyle or health, everyone should visit our Bedford, MA, dentists, Dr. Nicholas Papapetros, Dr. Leo Kharin and Dr. Jessica Ristuccia at least twice a year for not just dental cleanings and oral exams but also an oral cancer screening.
Most people assume that the only reason they come into the office every six months is to get a dental cleaning and to make sure they are free of decay and gum disease. While this is true this isn’t the only reason to see our Bedford general dentists.
While you might not even notice we also perform a thorough physical exam in which we check the soft tissue of the mouth to make sure there aren’t any growths, lumps, tenderness or other early signs of oral cancer.
This screening only takes a minute or two and it’s completely painless. This simple oral cancer screening is truly the best way to detect early symptoms of oral cancer so that you can get the treatment you need right away.
What are the symptoms of oral cancer?
If you notice any of these symptoms between dental checkups it’s important that you schedule an appointment with us right away:
- Lumps or growths anywhere in the mouth
- Red or white patches on the tongue, throat or gums
- Pain, tenderness or numbness
- Any growths or spots that don’t go away or that bleed
The key to preventing oral cancer is to come in twice a year for your routine checkups and screenings. If you’ve been missing out on these visits it is important that you get back on track as soon as possible.
Who is at risk for oral cancer?
While oral cancer can happen to anyone there are certain risk factors that can increase your chances of developing oral cancer, including:
- Being over the age of 40
- Tobacco or heavy alcohol use
- A poor diet
- Prolonged or excessive sun exposure
- Human papillomavirus (HPV)
No matter whether you are experiencing oral symptoms or you just need to schedule your six-month dental cleaning, you know you can always call Great Meadows Dental Group in Bedford, MA. We can provide you with the comprehensive dental care you need.