There are multiple phases to your regular dental checkup. This includes cleaning your teeth and polishing surface stains, while also inspecting your mouth for issues like tooth decay and gum disease. Once this is done the dentist will perform a basic oral cancer screening.
The screening involves them examining your tongue, throat, face, and neck. Make sure to tell your dentist about any increased risk factors for oral cancer you might have. This includes a family history of oral cancer or lifestyle habits like regular alcohol and tobacco use.
According to the American Dental Association 1 in 92 adults will develop oral or pharyngeal cancer at some point in their life. The average age of detection is 62. On the average, men are almost twice as likely to develop oral cancer than women. Lifestyle choices like regular tobacco use and alcohol abuse can greatly increase the chances of developing oral cancer earlier in life.
Early detection or oral and pharyngeal cancer greatly increases your chances of a successful treatment. If you have questions or concerns about oral cancer, or you are overdue for your regular dental checkup please call us at 410.486.3898 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping you maintain good oral health!