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Oral Cancer Screening: Early Detection Saves Lives

Oral cancer is a serious health threat that can affect anyone. It accounts for roughly three percent of all cancers diagnosed annually in the United States, or about 54,000 new cases in 2022.

Oral cancer most often occurs in people over the age of 40 and affects more than twice as many men as women. As to the causes of oral cancer, most cancers in the mouth are related to tobacco use, heavy alcohol consumption, or both, and most throat cancers are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), and the incidence of HPV-positive oral cancer has risen in recent years.

Early diagnosis and treatment of oral cancer can significantly increase the chances of successful treatment and survival. Regular oral cancer screenings of the mouth and throat are a key part of this early detection. These screenings are quick, painless, and can be done during a routine dental check-up.

Oral Cancer Symptoms

The most common symptoms of oral cancer include:

  • Sores in the mouth or on the lips that don’t heal
  • Lumps or abnormal tissues inside your mouth
  • White or red patches inside the mouth
  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing
  • Pain in the tongue or mouth
  • Loose teeth
  • Ear pain
  • A feeling that something is caught in the throat
  • Numbness in the mouth or lips
  • Changes in voice or persistent sore throat

These symptoms can indicate oral cancer or other oral health issues, so it’s important to consult a healthcare professional if you experience any of them.

Preventive Care at DuPage Dental Smiles

While not discussed as much as other forms of cancer, oral cancer is a threat that should not be taken lightly, and the benefits of early detection cannot be overstated. It not only saves lives by allowing for earlier, more effective treatment but also helps in preserving the quality of life through less invasive treatment options.

Dr. Sumeet Bagai and his dedicated team at DuPage Dental Smiles emphasize the importance of preventive care, including regular dental check-ups and oral cancer screenings. We are committed to providing comprehensive care to our patients, ensuring that any signs of oral cancer are identified and addressed as early as possible.

Dental Check-ups to prevent oral cancer

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Join the DuPage Dental Smiles Family

Regular dental visits and check-ups are essential for everyone, regardless of age, and we urge you not to neglect your dental health and wait until it’s too late. Protect yourself and your loved ones by scheduling regular dental check-ups at DuPage Dental Smiles. Let Dr. Bagai and his team help you maintain your overall health with our expert care and preventive approach to oral health.

Remember, early detection saves lives, and your dental health is a key part of your general well-being. New patients are always welcome at DuPage Dental Smiles, and we invite you to call us today to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Bagai.

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