• Oral Cancer Screening in Manteca

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    With April at an end, our Manteca dentist wants to take one last opportunity to share some thoughts about oral cancer so you can understand why oral cancer screenings are important.  This month has been deemed Oral Cancer Awareness Month; a time in which dental professionals take a little extra time stressing the importance of proper routine dental exams so that you can avoid oral cancer.  As the dentist Manteca residents see for their family dentistry needs and oral health, we have the tools and experience to keep your smile healthy as well as looking great.

    Oral Cancer and your Habits

    While it is true that some people are at higher risk for developing oral cancer, the overall threat is always there regardless of your habits.  People that drink heavily, use tobacco products or smoke, or people who have an unhealthy diet are all at a higher risk for developing oral cancer than others.  However, oral cancer can also affect those who lead healthier lifestyles.  There is no way to prevent oral cancer so early detection is the key.  Our Manteca dentist recommends regular dental exams not only to keep your teeth and gums healthy, but to ensure oral cancer is detected as early as possible.  Only then do you have the best chance in stopping the cancer in its tracks and a higher survival chance.

    What is an oral cancer screening?

    We screen your mouth, throat, neck, tongue, and gums for oral cancer at every one of your dental examinations.  We look for discolored soft tissue, lumps and bumps, swelling, and unexplained bleeding in your oral cavity.  Every time we perform an oral cancer screening, we are monitoring your health for changes.  With regular 6-month appointments, we can stay on track with your health and catch any changes or surprises.  This part of our examination consumes less than five minutes of your time.  However, these few minutes can be life-saving.

    Keeping your mouth healthy

    If you floss and brush as recommended, schedule your regular dental exams, and refrain from drinking and smoking, you can greatly decrease your odds of developing oral cancer.  Additionally, a healthy diet, with plenty of fruits and vegetables also will help your mouth remain healthy.  Talk with us at your next appointment about ways to keep oral cancer out of your life.   The advanced detection methods at our oral cancer screenings help you avoid potential issues with your oral health.

    Learn more about our services and preventative dentistry measures on Facebook.  Our goal this month, and every month, is to keep you informed and educated on topics regarding your oral health.