Early detection of tissue abnormalities in the mouth is the best way to prevent serious health concerns including oral cancer. Screening for it takes only minutes, is non-invasive and can be performed right in our office.
As part of our commitment to preserving your health, Oso Marguerite Dental performs oral cancer screenings at every hygiene visit. For most patients, this means every six months. Using a VELscope, your dentist will visually examine your mouth for any indications of oral cancer. If any are noted, more extensive diagnosis may be necessary and recommended.
While oral cancer is serious, screening for it is one of the simplest procedures performed in our office. Visit Oso Marguerite Dental every six months for your evaluation, and feel free to ask any questions or share your concerns while in our office.
Frequently Asked Questions
If I have oral cancer, won’t I know it?
No, oral cancer often starts as very tiny white or red spots in the mouth. For most people, there are no noticeable symptoms. This is why screenings are so important and conducted by Oso Marguerite Dental at every six-month appointment.
Can I prevent oral cancer?
Not all oral cancer is preventable, but you can minimize your risks. If you smoke, quit. If you drink heavily, stop or cut down. Eat a healthy diet that includes lean proteins, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. Use lip balm with SPF protection in the sun. Brush and floss regularly. Also, make sure to schedule your six-month oral health exams with Oso Marguerite Dental.
Is oral cancer curable?
When detected early, the cure rate for oral cancer is nearly 90-percent. If cancer spreads before it is detected, the cure rate reduces to 60-percent and continues to decline further as the cancer has spread.
There is a sore in my mouth that will not go away. Do I have oral cancer?
The sore in your mouth might not indicate oral cancer, but it is best to consult with a dental professional to know for sure. If oral cancer is present, early detection opens the door to many more treatment options and might just save your life. Call Oso Marguerite Dental to schedule your appointment today.