What Is Oral Cancer?
Oral cancer refers to cancer that develops in the mouth, throat, or lips. It can develop in any part of the oral cavity, including the tongue, gums, cheeks, and roof or floor of the mouth. Oral cancer can be life-threatening if not detected and treated early on.
What Are the Causes and Risk Factors of Oral Cancer?
The exact causes of oral cancer are not yet fully understood, but certain risk factors can increase your chances of developing the condition. These risk factors include:
- Tobacco use, including smoking and smokeless tobacco.
- Heavy alcohol consumption.
- A family history of oral cancer.
- A weakened immune system.
- Exposure to the human papillomavirus (HPV).
- Poor oral hygiene.
- Prolonged sun exposure on the lips.
The Importance of Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer screening is an important part of maintaining good oral health and detecting cancer early on when it’s most treatable. Screening involves a thorough examination of your mouth, throat, and lips for any signs of cancer or precancerous cells. Early detection of oral cancer can greatly increase your chances of successful treatment and recovery.
Our Oral Cancer Screening Services
At Smiley Dental, we offer comprehensive oral cancer screening services to help detect and treat oral cancer early on. During your screening, our experienced dentists will perform a thorough examination of your mouth, throat, and lips for any signs of cancer or precancerous cells. We may also perform additional tests, such as a biopsy, if we detect any suspicious areas.
If oral cancer is detected, we will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan based on your unique needs and goals. Treatment options may include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, or a combination of these.
At Smiley Dental, we’re committed to helping you maintain good oral health and detect oral cancer early on. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced dentists at any of our convenient locations.