Oral Cancer Screening - An Important Part of a Comprehensive Exam
At least once a year, your Highland, IL dentist will perform a comprehensive oral evaluation.
During this exam, they’ll do an oral cancer screening, a test that can prove vital to your overall health and wellness.
Today, you’ll learn why this screening is one your dentist will be sure to perform regularly.
Oral Cancer Screening – Why Your Dentist Does It
According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, one person dies every hour from oral cancer.
Your dentist doesn’t want that to be your fate. Therefore, they perform an oral cancer screening with every exam, checking for anomalies. They might even recommend a screening with each dental cleaning appointment if you’re at a higher risk of oral cancer.
You’re at high risk if you:
- Use tobacco in any form
- Consume a lot of alcohol
- Have a history of oral cancer
- Have been exposed to HPV (human papillomavirus)
- Spend a lot of time in the sun (putting you at risk of skin cancer developing on your lips)
Why Should You See Your Highland, IL Dentist?
Your dentist’s goal is to not just help you achieve a beautiful smile or get out of pain. They want to help prevent dental issues if at all possible.
However, scheduling regular dental exams serves another purpose. If you do have an issue, they can catch it early. An early diagnosis can prevent further damage, whether to your oral or general health. Plus, fixing a small, new cavity or gingivitis is cheaper than needing a root canal or periodontal surgery, while catching oral cancer early can help save your life.
Making Sure the Next Generation of Dentists Provide Optimal Care
Dr. Eric von Hoven is dedicated to the health and wellness of all his patients. His commitment has moved him to show other dentists just how important dental exams are, including a regular oral cancer screening. In fact, it’s an important part of his curriculum as a clinical instructor at ATSU Dental School.
As a patient of Cedar Creek Dental, you can be sure that Drs. Eric von Hoven and Eric Kosel will keep a close eye on your oral health. Not only will they make treatment plan recommendations that give you a beautiful smile – they’ll help you live a healthy life.
Has it been a while since your last dental exam? Contact us today at 618-654-4551 to schedule an appointment.