Oral cancer describes a group of cancers that affect various types of oral and throat tissues, including the tongue, larynx, esophagus, tonsils, and more. That makes oral cancer as a whole one of the more common types of cancers, and one of the more fatal, in many cases. Today, we take a closer look at the specifics of oral cancer and why regular screening at your dentist’s office is one of the most important reasons to stick to your checkup and cleaning schedule.
A Brief Look at Oral Cancer Screening
When oral cancer develops, the specific tissues it affects will often show signs of its presence as early as possible. However, these signs aren’t immediately obvious, so during your examination, your dentist may employ the advanced VELscope early cancer detection system. In addition to a visual inspection, VELscope offers the advantage of highlighting abnormal areas of tissue even before they’re visible by utilizing a blue-spectrum fluorescent light. When exposed to the light, conditions such as lesions, sores, growths, ulcers, and other cancer symptoms become much more noticeable to your dentist.
When to Screen Yourself
With advanced technology and a trained, highly experienced eye, your dentist is one of your most important lines of defense against oral cancer. However, you can protect your oral and overall health even further by routinely performing self-screenings at home. At least once a month, stand in front a well-lit mirror and look carefully at your mouth, throat, and oral tissues for any indication of tissue abnormalities.
Schedule Your Next Checkup and Oral Cancer Screening
The best way to stay ahead of oral cancer is to stick to a regular schedule of advanced screenings, which your dentist can perform during every routine checkup and cleaning appointment. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Syosset Dental in Syosset, NY today at 516-433-2211 or 516-921-6930.