According to the American Dental Association, it’s estimated that approximately “49,750 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer and cancers of the throat, tonsils and back of the tongue in 2017.” Some of the top risk factors of Oral Cancer include gender, age, tobacco, alcohol, HPV virus, sunlight and diet.
The Oral Cancer Foundation says that “while smoking and tobacco use are still major risk factors, the fastest growing segment of oral cancer patients is young, healthy, nonsmoking individuals due to the connection to the HPV virus.”
Did you know that as part of a comprehensive dental exam at Premier Dental Care in Herndon, you can expect Dr. Bakhtyari and your hygienist to provide you with an oral cancer screening. Dr. Bakhtyari will check areas of your face, neck, lips, gums, tongue, throat, and surrounding tissues for any signs of oral cancer. Personal preventative measures include smoking avoidance, limiting alcohol use, and practicing good oral hygiene.
Other services that are provided as a part of a comprehensive dental exam include:
- An examination of any diagnostic x-rays (as needed). This is essential for the early detection of tooth decay. X-rays also help Dr. Bakhtyari determine tooth and root positions, as well as identify tumors, cysts, and bone loss.
- A gum disease evaluation, where the gums and bone around your teeth are examined for any signs of periodontal disease.
- An examination for tooth decay, where special instruments are used to check tooth surfaces for signs of decay.
- And an examination of any existing fillings, crowns, and tooth restorations.
With all these vital oral cancer awareness services it’s just another reminder why you should not skip your annual check-up. If you have any questions about oral cancer or would like to book your next comprehensive dental exam please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.