Oral Cancer Awareness
Each April, the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) and other dental professionals observe Oral Cancer Awareness Month by educating the public on the importance of early detection of oral cancer. According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, the dental community is the first line of defense in the early detection of the disease.
What You Should Know
Risk factors for oral cancer include a history of tobacco use, exposure to HPV, poor oral hygiene, and more. According to AAOMS, the cancer’s mortality rate is high simply because the cancer is often discovered late in its development. Self-exams are an easy way to monitor your oral health. Each month, examine your gums, cheeks, lips, and tongue for white or red patches, sores, or abnormal lumps. Feel for lumps or enlarged lymph nodes in your neck and under your jaw. If you have any concerns, make an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. Your dental provider will perform a complete exam and screening.
The Importance of Continuing Care
Did you know that the doctors at Ellis Family Dentistry perform an oral cancer screening at each dental exam? Your doctor will inspect your face, neck, lips, and soft tissues of your mouth. Any abnormal lumps or tissues will then need a biopsy for diagnosis. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, routine dental visits are vital for your overall health! Not only for the prevention and treatment of gum disease but also because they can lead to the early detection of oral cancer!
What You Can Do
Self exams and routine dental visits are a vital part of early detection of oral cancer. Ellis Family Dentistry is committed to educating our patients on the importance of their oral health. We are available to answer any questions you may have! Click one of the buttons below for more information.