Approximately 43,250 people in the U.S. will be newly diagnosed with oral cancer this year.
Your Dentist and Hygienist are often the first line of defense against oral cancer. While smoking and tobacco use are still major risk factors, the fastest growing segment of oral cancer patients is young, healthy, nonsmoking individuals due to the connection to the HPV virus. Professional involvement and public awareness is vital to educate our communities about oral cancer awareness, prevention and early detection.
Maple Grove Family Dental performs an oral exam during your routine dental visit to screen for oral cancer. During an oral exam,we look over the inside of your mouth and under the tongue to check for red or white patches or suspicious mouth sores, as well as, checking the tissues in your mouth to check for lumps or other abnormalities.
Never ignore a sore, lump, or any abnormality that may appear in your mouth. It is always best to have them evaluated your dentist to rule out oral cancer.