Each year, nearly 43,000 Americans are diagnosed with some form of oral cancer. Unfortunately, in many cases this disease isn’t caught until the later stages, which means over half of those diagnosed will succumb to the disease within five years. To increase your chances of a full recovery, you need a routine oral cancer screening to ensure the disease is discovered in the earliest stages. At A Briter Smile Dental Group, our team offers precise and accurate screenings employing the latest in dental technology.
Risk Factors for Oral Cancer
While everyone is at risk of developing oral cancer, there are a number of risk factors that boost your chances of developing this disease. Men, especially those over the age of 55, are twice as likely to have oral cancer as women. In addition, tobacco use and excessive consumption of alcohol can lead to oral cancer. However, even if you don’t smoke or drink, you should still have an oral cancer screening. 25% of those diagnosed with oral cancer don’t use tobacco or drink excessive amounts of alcohol.
How Often Should I Receive an Oral Cancer Screening?
We recommend undergoing an oral cancer screening at least once every six months. At A Briter Smiles Dental Group, we offer screenings as part of a regular checkup. If you need to schedule a checkup or would like an oral cancer screening, contact our office today.
What Does an Oral Cancer Screening Involve?
The entire screening takes about two minutes. Using advanced VELscope technology, our team will carefully exam your mouth for any warning signs of oral cancer, including cancerous or precancerous lesions. If we discover any, we may order a biopsy to ensure a precise diagnosis.
About Your Los Angeles Dentists
At A Briter Smile Dental Group, our dentists strive to offer each patient individual care and access to the latest in modern dentistry at an affordable price. If you would like to schedule a consultation, contact us at our Los Angeles office at (323) 747-1823. We proudly serve communities in Los Angeles, Eagle Rock, Highland Park, Glendale, Pasadena, Burbank, Hermon, and Washington Heights.