Could an Oral Cancer Screening Save Your Life?

Cancer is something that we hear about all the time. Unfortunately, oral cancer never seems to get much attention. But, did you know oral oropharyngeal cancer will kill one person every hour this year? While oral cancer only makes up a tiny percentage of types of cancer, it is typically not found until more advanced stages, reducing the chance of survival in patients. So how exactly can you increase your chance of survival when it comes to oral cancer? Oral cancer screenings from Dr. Teeth Dental Care in Houston!

Oral Cancer Risk Factors

Wondering what the risk factors for oral cancer are? Here are the most common risk factors:

  • Tobacco Use
  • Alcohol Abuse
  • HPV
  • Age
  • Immune System Suppression

Why Are Oral Cancer Screenings Important?

When detected at its earliest stages, the survival rate for oral cancer can be up to 80% or higher! However, when detected in more advanced stages, chances of survival are greatly decreased which is why routine oral cancer screenings and dental exams are highly recommended at our Houston dental office. We find oral cancer screenings to be so important that they are integrated into our routine dental exam, making those routine visits even more important than just keeping your smile healthy and happy!

About Our Houston Oral Cancer Screenings

At Dr. Teeth in Houston, our oral cancer screenings are extremely straightforward, comfortable and simple. We will examine the outside and inside of your mouth, looking for any changes in your mouth or abnormalities that may be risk factors. Your lips, tongue, and gums will also be examined thoroughly. During your screening, your Houston dentist will also physically check for any lumps or bumps that could be of concern.

In the event that anything abnormal is spotted, we will refer you to a specialist that can further analyze your condition and provide more diagnostics and treatments that may be necessary.

When is the last time you had an oral cancer screening? If it has been longer than 6 months, give our Houston dental practice a call today! We’d be happy to schedule an appointment and make sure your oral health is optimal!