Wednesday, 10 February 2016

The Importance of Oral Cancer Screenings

Oral cancer screenings are performed in order to detect cancer of the mouth in its early stages; the earlier cancer is detected, the higher the chances of successful treatment. Although an oral cancer screening by a dentist does not replace a physical exam by your primary physician, it’s an important part of overall wellness.

Risk Factors for Oral Cancer

There are several risk factors that increase the chances of developing oral cancer. If you have one or more of these risk factors, regular screenings are a good idea. Risk factors include:
  • Tobacco use. This includes not only traditional cigarettes but also cigars, snuff, chewing tobacco, and e-cigarettes
  • Heavy sun exposure on the face.
  • Excessive and/or long-term alcohol use.
  • A previous diagnosis of oral cancer

If you don’t have any risk factors, it’s still a good idea to consult with your dentist about being screened for oral cancer.

Screening Basics

Much of the oral cancer screening process involves your dentist inspecting your mouth with gloved hands and a bright light. During this inspection, your dentist is on the lookout for sores or discolored patches. In some cases, your mouth will be rinsed with a blue liquid that causes abnormal cells to become visible.

What’s Next?

If your oral cancer screening doesn’t detect any abnormalities, your dentist will advise you when another screening is recommended. If abnormalities are detected, your dentist will either take a wait-and-see approach or schedule a biopsy.

Our Exams

At Bailey Dental Group, Dr. Cory Bailey offers an array of dental services to suit your family’s needs. Oral cancer screenings are a part of every exam, which makes routine dental checkups with Dr. Bailey an important part of overall healthcare. At your comprehensive dental exam, you will receive the following services from our staff of experienced professionals:
  • Dental X-rays
  • Gum disease screening
  • Examination of teeth
  • Examination of existing fillings, crowns, and other restorations
  • Oral cancer screening

During your exam, we can perform a professional dental cleaning. This procedure includes:
  • Tartar removal
  • Plaque removal
  • Tooth polishing

Along with regular oral cancer screenings, regular cleanings are a great way to keep your mouth its healthy best.

Full-Service Dentistry in Houston

Contact our Houston dental office today to schedule your appointment. Give us a call at 281-469-3282 or email  Good dental health can make all the difference when it comes to looking and feeling great, so don’t wait any longer — scheduleyour appointment today!


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