Preventing Oral Cancer
The Power of Regular Screenings
Oral cancer screening is a preventive dental procedure designed to detect early signs of oral cancer or precancerous conditions in the mouth. It involves a visual examination of the oral cavity, including the lips, tongue, gums, throat, and the insides of the cheeks. Some screenings may also include a physical examination where the dentist or oral healthcare provider feels for any unusual lumps or abnormalities. This screening is typically recommended for adults of all ages, especially those with risk factors such as a history of smoking, heavy alcohol consumption, a family history of oral cancer, or exposure to human papillomavirus (HPV). Additionally, routine oral cancer screenings are an essential part of regular dental check-ups and can benefit everyone by helping detect and address potential issues early, when treatment is most effective.
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