Oral Cancer Screening At Pearl Dental Arts

April is Oral Cancer Awareness month. And this year again, as in past years, we are offering free oral cancer screenings at Pearl Dental Arts.

The goal of the Oral Cancer Foundation is to increase awareness of oral cancer in the American public.The incidence of oral cancer in this country is quite high, and approximately 43,250 people in the U.S. will be newly diagnosed with oral cancer this year. Dentists are often the first line of defense against oral cancer, through the process of early discovery. While smoking and tobacco use are still major risk factors, the fastest growing segment of oral cancer patients is young, healthy, nonsmoking individuals due to the connection to the Human pappiloma virus (HPV). Today, oral and oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma is the 6th most common worldwide, with poor survival rates. We cannot stop this virus from spreading; our only hope to save lives is with professional involvement and public awareness, with early diagnosis and detection.

According to the Oral Cancer Foundation (www.oralcancer.org), some risk factors that you can control are:
1. Tobacco use
2. Excessive alcohol consumption
3. The combined use of tobacco and alcohol
4. Excessive unprotected exposure to the sun
5. Low intake of fruits and vegetables

The early indicators of oral cancer are:
1. Red and/or white discoloration of the soft tissues of the mouth
2. Any sore which does not heal within 14 days
3. Hoarseness which lasts for a prolonged period of time

The advanced indicators of oral cancer are:

1. A sensation that something is stuck in your throat
2. Numbness in the oral region
3. Difficulty in moving the tongue or jaw
4. Difficulty in swallowing
5. Ear pain which occurs on one side only
6. A sore under a denture, which, even after a denture adjustment, does not heal
7. A lump or thickening in the mouth or neck

At Pearl Dental Center, during 6 monthly dental checkups, we do an oral cancer screening for any suspicious looking areas and follow it up with further investigation if warranted. To set up a free non-obligatory consultation at our Newtown office, call (215) 504-4070 and for our Levittown office, call (215) 949-8000 or fill out form to contact us.

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