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The Importance of Regular Oral Cancer Screenings

Posted on 10/15/2023 by Center for Advanced Periodontics and Implant Dentistry
Close-up of teeth during an oral cancer screening at Center for Advanced Periodontics and Implant DentistryOne of the most commonly used sayings in the healthcare industry is 'Prevention is better than cure'. It is better to prevent against a certain disease than to actually treat it. It is also less costly to manage an infection at the very initial stages than to try and reverse severe complications that have grown over time. The best way to stay safe is to ensure that you schedule and attend regular screenings including those for oral cancer. This will keep you smiling and at your best oral health.

Are All Signs Always Visible And Painful?

Not all signs of mouth infections are visible to the naked eye. Some of them can also be painless and hard to detect if not careful. One of those diseases includes the early stages of gum disease. When plaque causes inflammation and bleeding of gums, it's not normally accompanied by pain. This could go on for a while and cause the separation of gums from teeth and offset cancer. Bacteria's action on free sugars in your mouth means that acid is produced. The acids erode the tooth enamel and expose your inner teeth. These acids can also introduce cancer.

How Can I Safeguard Myself From Oral Cancer?

As like with most tooth-related illnesses, the first recommendation is to brush and floss your teeth regularly. This reduces the formation of the destructive plaque around your teeth. However, this alone is not sufficient. You need to consume less sugar and avoid dangerous habits such as alcohol consumption. Smoking is also a huge threat that can bring about mouth sores that are cancerous.

On top of maintaining proper self-care, it is advisable to pay us a visit at our clinic and get screened for oral cancer. Remember, prevention is better than cure.
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