Oral Cancer Awareness Month

Since April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, we want to remind everyone that now is the time to visit your Dentist for your regular exam. According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, Approximately 48,250 people in the U.S. will be newly diagnosed with oral cancer this year. 132 new people in the US EVERY DAY will be newly diagnosed with an oral cancer, and that one person EVERY HOUR OF THE DAY, 24/7/365 will die from it.

Oral Cancer Month

An oral cancer screening is an essential part of every dental exam, and should be done at least annually according to the Oral Cancer Foundation.

Oral Cancer exams are:

1. Painless
2. Inexpensive
3. Non-invasive
4. Quick
5. Necessary 

When identifying potential warning signs of oral cancer, dentists are often the first ones that will notice any problems.  Generally oral screenings are perform during your routine six month dental check-up. Remember, Oral Cancer one of the fastest growing types of cancer.

Call us today at Brogdon Dental to schedule your exam with Dr. Brogdon. Don’t be one of the 48,000+ who didn’t take it seriously. Your life could depend on it.

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April – Oral Cancer Awareness Month

April is National Oral Cancer Awareness Month and many pre-cancer and cancers can be found early during your routine dental examination. Unfortunately though, some cancers may not cause symptoms at all until they’ve reached an advanced stage, or they may cause symptoms similar to those caused by a disease other than cancer, such as a toothache. Many dentist recommend you routinely check your mouth for sores or anything unusual.

Some factors that can contribute to your increased risk of Oral Cancer include:

  • Tobacco use of any kind, including cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chewing tobacco and snuff, among others
  •  Heavy alcohol use
  • Previous oral cancer diagnosis

If you have any of these factors or have found an unusual sore or lesion in your mouth, please let us know.  Dr. Brogdon may want to perform an Oral Cancer Examination.  The American Dental Association recommends all adults undergo periodic oral exams when they visit the dentist.

Remember you may not always experience any pain until later stages. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.  Call today to set up your appointment.

April National Oral Cancer Month

According to the Oral Cancer Foundation website:

“You are the most important factor in an early diagnosis. You should always contact your doctor or dentist immediately if you notice the following symptoms in yourself or a loved one:

  • A sore or lesion in the mouth that does not heal within two weeks.
  • A lump or thickening in the cheek.
  • A white or red patch on the gums, tongue, tonsil, or lining of the mouth.
  • A sore throat or a feeling that something is caught in the throat.
  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing.
  • Difficulty moving the jaw or tongue.
  • Numbness of the tongue or other area of the mouth.
  • Swelling of the jaw that causes dentures to fit poorly or become uncomfortable.
  • Chronic hoarseness.

These symptoms may be caused by other, less serious problems, but they also indicate the possible presence of oral cancer. Only a professional will be able to tell you definitively. Some think that a visit to their medical doctor is the appropriate course of action. But remember that dentists are trained in this simple, quick screening, which involves the examination of the oral cavity as a whole and not just your teeth.”

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“Not only do regular dental exams help keep your teeth and gums healthy, they can help detect oral cancer, the Academy of General Dentistry says.

As part of Oral Cancer Awareness Month in April, the group recommends that people get a dental exam from a general dentist every six months.

“The next time you visit your dentist, ask about an oral cancer screening,” academy spokesperson Dr. Seung-Hee Rhee advised in an academy news release.

“Your dentist will feel for lumps or irregular tissue changes in your neck, head, cheeks, and oral cavity and thoroughly examine the soft tissues in your mouth, specifically looking for any sores or discolored tissues. Although you may have already been receiving this screening from your dentist, it’s a good idea to confirm that this screening is a part, and will remain a part, of your regular exam,” Rhee said.

Each year in the United States, more than 30,000 new cases of oral cancer are diagnosed, and more than 8,000 people die of the disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.” (courtesy of http://www.healthday.com)

Make an appointment today to see Dr Brogdon and ask for an Oral Cancer Screening.