By offering the latest in oral cancer screening for our Holland Landing patients, we can be a part of early detection that provides a higher cure rate.
While most people are aware that tobacco usage can result in lung cancer, respiratory problems, and other health dangers, many in the Holland Landing, Ontario area do not realize that tobacco usage, especially chewing tobacco, can also cause oral cancer. Even smokeless tobacco isn’t a completely safe alternative. Another contributor that has recently been linked to oral cancer is a strain of human papillomavirus (HPV).
Having an annual physical is an important part of keeping healthy, but it usually doesn’t go beyond internal organs and skin. That is why, here at Amberwood Dental Centre, we offer oral cancer screening as an important part of your routine and preventative oral health maintenance. You can also take an active role in the early detection of oral cancer by observing changes in your mouth, such as sores or lesions, and bringing them to our attention right away so we can perform an oral cancer screening. You should also make an appointment if you notice difficulty chewing or swallowing, tongue numbness, chronic hoarseness or ear pain.
It is important to note that oral cancer can be survivable if caught early. As with other cancers, it can spread. It is most survivable before it reaches the lymph nodes, throat, and less so once it has spread throughout the body. The cure rate is nearly 90% with early detection, so it is important to include oral cancer screening, particularly if you are at risk.
If you have questions about oral cancer screening or any of our dental services, don’t hesitate to contact us. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry services that keep in mind aesthetics and overall health for every member of your family.