There are simple oral cancer screenings and there are advanced oral cancer screenings. In a traditional oral cancer screening, your dentist or hygienist conducts a thorough visual examination of the soft tissues inside of your mouth, around your face, and palpation of your soft tissues (including lymph nodes.) Unfortunately, there can still be microscopic tissue changes that are not yet visible for diagnosis. That’s why many dentists are choosing to implement advanced oral cancer screening systems into their routine patient exams and preventive care appointments.
Advanced screening systems typically use a solution and special light to mark visual changes that occur at a cellular level inside of the mouth. For instance, if a certain solution is applied to the gum tissues, normal tissue will appear one color and abnormal tissue will appear another, when viewed under the screening light. If abnormal tissues are noted, they may be checked in 2 weeks for a follow up, or a biopsy may be recommended. One of the greatest benefits is the ability to pinpoint cellular changes before they are visible on the surface of the tissues.
Early diagnosis offers the best defense against diseases like oral cancer. The earlier the condition is identified, the more effective (and less invasive) the treatment response can be. Unfortunately many people simply wait until it is too late before having a suspicious area checked out by their dentist, increasing the mortality rate of this deadly disease.
You don’t have to be a smoker or drinker to get oral cancer. In fact, even some viruses are known to cause it. Everyone should consider having an advanced cancer screening annually to help protect their smiles and their lives.
Posted on behalf of:
Juban Dental Care
8564 Jefferson Hwy
Baton Rouge, LA 70809
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