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By David J. Campbell DDS
June 25, 2015
Category: Oral Health

Oral cancer screenings lower your risk of developing serious health problems.

Your dental checkups at Dr. David J. Campbell's general dentistry practice in White Lake, Michigan have always included x-rays andOral Cancer Screening examinations for cavities. These visits now include yet another test, and a potential life-saver - an oral cancer screening. It's quick, painless, and extremely important, especially as you age.

Why do I need an oral cancer screening?

As with many other cancers, early detection is vital to successful treatment. With screenings part of your checkups at your White Lake general dentist, any abnormalities in your mouth can be detected, identified and treated before they become larger and more aggressive.

What are the risk factors for oral cancer?

Most cases of oral cancer have at least one of these features:

  • Age – People age 40 and over are more prone to oral cancer.
  • Gender – Men are more often affected with oral cancer than women.
  • Tobacco use – Smokers or those who use other tobacco products have an increased risk of many health issues, including oral cancer.
  • Heavy alcohol consumption
  • A diet high in fats and sugars 
  • Prolonged exposure to UV rays – Frequent users of tanning beds and those who have spent many hours in the sun are more susceptible to many tissue-based cancers, including those found inside the mouth.
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV) – This sexually transmitted infection often has no immediate signs or symptoms. 

How will my dentist check for oral cancer?

Don't worry; oral cancer screenings are painless and short. They take less than five minutes, and involve your White Lake general dentist inspecting your mouth for lesions or masses. They may also feel the jaw and neck areas, or use a mirror to get a better look under the tongue and behind the teeth. A small sample of cells may be gathered if there is an area of concern. These cells will be sent to a lab for further evaluation. Dr. David Campbell may also refer you to a specialist if necessary.

Don't forget to keep your White Lake dentist up to date on your health history. Feel free to discuss any further questions about oral cancer screenings with Dr. Campbell at your next appointment.