A visit to Country Dental could actually save your life.

Our dentists will conduct an oral cancer screening test to intercept and diagnose this rare yet serious and potentially fatal disease.

In her early years of practice, Dr. Puterman was conducting a complete examination and noticed an ugly lesion in a patient’s mouth. A biopsy of the lesion was taken and the lab confirmed oral cancer. Emergency surgery was scheduled, and the cancer was removed. This was a fortunate outcome that was only possible because of early detection.

Dentists are experts not only in teeth, but in the whole area of the body above your neck. Similar to a regular physical from your family doctor, an oral cancer screening from your dentist is conducted in order to monitor your overall health.

Causes of Oral Cancer

Eighty percent of oral cancer stems from cigarette smoking and mostly affects patients over the age of 40.  Chewing tobacco is similarly a dangerous habit that directly leads to an increased risk of oral cancer. Smoking cessation can contribute to a decreased risk of oral cancer over time but is no guarantee. An oral cancer screening is also recommended for young patients with the sexually transmitted HPV disease as well as patients who have had high sun exposure.

Warning Signs

The most frequent places where oral cancer is found are the tongue, the lips, the gums, the floor of the mouth, and the soft palate tissues in the back of the tongue. Visit one of our Country Dental locations in Cambridge, Fergus, or Toronto for an oral cancer screening, or call us at 519-620-7474 immediately if you see any of the following warning signs:

  • Repeated bleeding from anywhere in the mouth or throat
  • White or red patches inside the mouth or on the lips
  • Swelling, a growth, or a lump anywhere in or around the mouth or neck
  • Any sore that lasts longer than 2 weeks
  • Persistent hoarseness or a difficulty in swallowing

Oral Cancer Screening for Preventative Care

The best way to avoid oral cancer is to stop tobacco use in all its forms; this includes smoking as well as chewing tobacco. Watch your alcohol intake as well. You should note that heavy drinking combined with smoking increases your risk of developing oral cancer more than 15 times as opposed to those who do not use tobacco or alcohol.  There is also research that links eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables with a lower risk of developing oral cancer.

Learn more about oral cancer from this Canadian Dental Association article entitled, Oral Cancer: Just the Facts.

Successful treatment depends on Early Detection

Visit your friendly dentists at Country Dental for regular checkups at least once per year. The survival rate greatly increases the earlier that oral cancer is treated. During your next visit to Country Dental, ask Dr. Puterman, Dr. Wang, or our oral hygiene specialists for a complete oral cancer screening.  There is no extra cost and the benefits are priceless.

Book an appointment with a dentist at one of our Country Dental clinics:

Toronto – 416-335-7377

Cambridge – 519-620-7474

Fergus – 519-787-7878

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