Oral Cancer Screening in Livingston
Advanced Dental Examinations
You know your periodontist is checking your teeth and gums, but did you know that checking for signs of oral cancer is part of a regular dental checkup?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 53,260 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer or some form of cancers of the throat, tonsils, and back of the tongue, in the year of 2020. Oral cancer is also known to be linked with human papillomavirus (HPV) which is one the most common sexually transmitted diseases currently affecting nearly 79 million Americans.
Call us at (973) 556-2655to schedule an oral cancer screening today and protect your oral health.
Other Common Facts About Oral Cancer
The HPV Association with Oral Cancer
In the U.S. alone, Human papillomavirus (HPV) remains one of the most commonly sexually-transmitted diseases to be associated with about 70% of oral cancers according to The American Cancer Society
They also attribute the following facts:
- People who are diagnosed with HPV-related head and neck cancer tend to be younger and non-smokers
- People with HPV-positive cancers also have a lower risk of death or recurrence
- Men are twice more likely to get oral cancer than women
- Higher rates of cancers in alcohol and tobacco use by men
Smoking & Oral Cancer
Tobacco use increases your risk dramatically and smoking will raise your risk at not only oral cancer but other cancers in other parts of the body.
The following facts show the direct association between smoking and oral cancer:
- Pipe smokers are at a higher risk of developing cancer in their lips.
- Smokeless tobacco, like chew, can lead to many issues in your mouth, the most serious being cancer of the cheeks, gums, and lips.
The Risk of E-Cigarettes
Although it’s still too early to tell, scientists are learning about e-cigarettes and how it affects oral health when used over long periods of time. The aerosol (“vapor”) from an e-cigarette actually contains some cancer-causing chemicals, but in significantly lower amounts than in cigarette smoke. Our periodontist can examine your oral tissues easily by looking at your lips, gums, insides of your cheeks, as well as on the top and undersides your tongue and roof and floor of your mouth. Common warnings signs we look for are:
- Red or white patches;
- Sores that bleed easily or do not heal
- Thick or hard spot or a lumps
- Roughened or crusted areas
Don’t hesitate to tell your periodontist about any problems you might have when chewing, swallowing, speaking, or moving your tongue or jaw. Cancers that can be detected early can often be successfully treated.
Schedule an oral cancer screening by calling (973) 556-2655today, we offer consultations!