Oral cancer is a very dangerous type of cancer, but treatment is very effective if it’s caught early before it spreads to other parts of your body. That’s why routine oral cancer screenings from a dentist in Clermont are so important. Dr. Mundi Buechele can examine your mouth, look for common signs of oral cancer, and ensure that your mouth is healthy. Learn more below, or contact us below to get an appointment.
Why Are Oral Cancer Screenings Important?
Unless you’re seeing a dentist regularly, it’s unlikely that you’ll notice early signs of oral cancer. Typically, the symptoms only become obvious once cancer has progressed and “metastasized,” meaning that it has spread throughout the body.
This stage of oral cancer is much harder to treat successfully. But if oral cancer is caught early before it spreads through the body, the prognosis is much better. Early-stage oral cancer has a 5-year survival rate of 84% if diagnosed and treated in time, compared to 66% for stage III cancer and 39% for stage IV cancer.
By getting a routine oral cancer screening, you can get peace of mind. If you’re healthy, you’ll know that there is no need to worry about oral cancer. And, in the event that Dr. Buechele does notice an area of concern, you can get the help you need to resolve the issue right away, resulting in a better overall prognosis.
What To Expect From An Oral Cancer Screening
Not sure what to expect if you come to Clermont Family Dentistry for an oral cancer screening? The process is quick, straightforward, and non-invasive. Typically, Dr. Buechele will perform an oral cancer screening as a part of your six-month oral exam and teeth cleaning.
Dr. Buechele will use a flexible intraoral camera to take a look at your gums, cheeks, tongue, and oral tissues, and look for any potential areas of concern. Discolored tissue, lesions, lumps, and other irregularities, for example, may demand further attention, such as a biopsy.
In addition, Dr. Buechele will ask a few questions to assess your risk of oral cancer, such as whether or not you smoke or have been a smoker in the past. It usually takes only a few minutes to complete this screening.
Who Needs To Get Oral Cancer Screenings? Common Risk Factors
Everyone should have routine oral cancer screenings, but they are the most important if:
- You are over the age of 40
- You have a history of tobacco use (including cigars, cigarettes, and oral tobacco like snus and chewing tobacco)
- Heavy alcohol use
- A history of poor oral hygiene
- Chronic sun exposure (due to outdoor work, tanning, etc.)
- A weakened immune system due to an autoimmune disorder
- Infection with HPV (Human Papillomavirus)
If you meet any of the above criteria, it’s very important to get regular screenings to ensure that your mouth is healthy and free of any potentially-cancerous lesions.
Get Peace Of Mind With Oral Cancer Screenings From Dr. Mundi Buechele
At Clermont Family Dentistry, Dr. Mundi Buechele is here to help you get the routine preventive care you need. Get in touch now to schedule a six-month exam, teeth cleaning, and oral cancer screening and get peace of mind. You can contact us online to get started, or give us a call at (352) 242-1763.