Oral Cancer Screenings
Oral Cancer screenings are a routine part of all of our dental exams that involve a careful examination of the inside of your mouth and tongue.
What are some Oral Cancer Risk factors?
- 90% of patients with oral cancers use tobacco. The risk of developing these cancers increases with the amount smoked or chewed and the duration of the habit. Smokers are 6 times more likely than non-smokers to develop these cancers.
- 75% to 80% of all patients with oral cancer drink alcohol frequently. These cancers are about 6 times more common in drinkers than in non-drinkers.
- More than 30% of patients with cancers of the lip have outdoor jobs associated with prolonged exposure to sunlight.
- A diet low in fruits and vegetables is associated with an increased risk of developing cancer of the oral cavity.
Reduce the risks of Oral Cancer by:
- Not smoking or chewing tobacco
- Drinking less alcohol
- Having a healthier "low meat, low fat" diet, rich in vegetables and fruit.
Call Bright Side Dental today or contact us for more information. Be sure to ask about the $35 exam and x-ray.