Early detection of oral cancer saves lives. It is important to not wait until symptoms arise because it becomes more and more difficult to treat. An important part of your visit is to have an oral cancer screening. Every time our doctors and hygienists perform routine cleanings and checkups, a portion of that time is spent diligently screening for oral cancer-evaluating not only your gums and tissue but also your x-rays.
Did you know that 70% of oral cancer is caused by the virus HPV? In our office, we now have the ability to screen for the two strains of cancer-causing HPV. The process is extremely easy and only involves gargling with mouthwash for less than a minute and collecting the sample to be evaluated by a lab. We recommend everyone take the test once per year, and most insurances cover it.
The first step toward achieving a beautiful and healthy smile.