When you think of early detection for your smile, the issues likely to come to mind are probably tooth decay and gum disease. However, it is important to understand how vital early detection is for oral cancer. Oral cancer is one of the most dangerous types of cancer, but, like more common dental issues, it can be more successfully treated when detected and addressed early. This makes regular checkups and cleanings all the more important. Using advanced OralID™ early-detection system can help detect oral cancer early enough to save lives.
Oral Cancer Risks
Oral cancer refers to a number of more specific cancers that all can affect your oral and throat tissues, including cancers of the mouth, esophagus, and more. While there is currently no known direct cause for any type of cancer, certain things have been shown to increase your risks of oral cancer. Lifestyle factors including the tobacco use, including smokeless tobacco and excessive consumption of alcohol, can increase your risk of developing oral cancer. Men and people over the age of 45 are at a higher risk. Other risk factors may include prolonged sun exposure, HPV infection, poor nutrition, or a weakened immune system.
Oral cancer is a form of cancer that has one of the highest mortality rates at about 40-50%. However, when oral cancer is detected early enough for treatment, the survival rate among those diagnosed jumps to almost 90%. This makes it absolutely vital that oral cancer is caught early enough for treatment. At routine checkups, your dentist can perform a comprehensive screening during every to check for signs such as lumps, sores, blisters, discolored patches of oral tissues, swollen glands, and more that could indicate oral cancer. The advanced OralID™ early-detection technology uses fluorescent lighting to better highlight tissue abnormalities. If you notice any changes in your mouth, it is important to bring them to the attention of your dentist.
Detecting oral cancer early can save a life. To schedule a consultation with Austin Prosthodontics in Austin, TX, call 512-250-9444. We also proudly welcome patients from Cedar Park, Round Rock, Pflugerville, Leander, and all surrounding Texas communities.