Oral cancer is one of the scariest things that can happen to someone, and it can unfortunately happen to anyone. However, if it’s caught early enough, it can usually be treated. That’s why at every six-month checkup at Smiles in Springfield, we’ll thoroughly examine your oral and facial structures for any lumps, discoloration, or any other warning signs of oral cancer. Screenings like this are just one of the reasons why your biannual checkups are important. They could end up saving your life. Contact us here to schedule one.
Although less than one percent of all Americans will have oral cancer at some point, it’s still no laughing matter. The vast majority of those diagnosed with oral cancer will not live more than five years past the date of their original diagnosis. Also, you’re much more likely to contract oral cancer if you are over the age of 55, smoke or chew tobacco, frequently drink a lot of alcohol, and have a history of significant sun exposure. If these sound like you, it’s even more imperative that you get your mouth and throat checked out by one of our dentists every six months.
During your oral cancer screening, Dr. Tran or Dr. Grimmer will examine your mouth, throat, and head for any abnormalities such as swelling, bumps, sores, or patches of color. They will usually use a tongue depressor and ask you to say “Ahh” to look into your throat and make sure everything looks good. Following that, your dentist in Springfield will touch your cheeks, jaw, and neck to feel for anything unusual. He will then ask if you if any of those touches hurt. If they do, it may be a sign of oral cancer in Springfield.
Besides seeing one of our dentists every six months for an exam, there are a few steps you can take to decrease your likelihood of contracting oral cancer. Some of these steps include: