Oral cancer detection
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X-rays

This is a focused beam of X-Ray particles through bone which produces an image on special film, showing the structure through which it passed. This gives the familiar black and white images that doctors use to diagnose problems. X-rays are a necessary part of the diagnostic process, and not to use them could lead to undiagnosed disease. Without an X-ray of the whole tooth, and supporting bone and gum tissues, there is no real way to detect infection or pathology that requires attention.


Oral Cancer

Cancer is defined as the uncontrollable growth of cells that invade and cause damage to surrounding tissue. Oral cancer appears as a growth or sore that does not go away.

Oral cancer — which includes cancers of the lips, tongue, cheek, floor of the mouth, hard and soft palate, sinuses, and pharynx (throat) — can be life-threatening if not diagnosed and treated early. More than 34,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer this
year. As with most cancers, age is the primary risk factor for oral cancer; however, tobacco and alcohol use are other major predisposing risk factors. Research suggests an increased rate of oral cancer in sexually active persons. The human papilloma virus (HPV), which is associated with cervical cancer, plays a role in more than 20% of oral cancer cases. Oral cancer does not discriminate, and more than 25% of all victims have none of the above risk factors.

When detected early, oral cancers have an 80 to 90 % survival rate. An oral cancer exam can identify early signs of this disease. The exam is quick and painless, and can be done during your regular dental check-up. Your dentist will feel for any lumps or irregular tissue changes in your neck, head, face, and oral cavity. As well as look for any sores or discolored tissue. You can take an active role in preventing oral cancer or detecting it early.

•    Stop or limit the use of tobacco products (cigarettes, pipes, cigars, and chewing tobacco)
•    Decrease or eliminate the consumption of alcoholic beverages
•    Apply broad spectrum sunscreen daily to protect the lips from excessive sun exposure
•    Ensure that dentures and partials fit properly and are not irritating the gums or cheeks
•    Have regular check ups to prevent periodontal disease (gum disease)

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