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Oral Cancer Screenings…Why are they important?

Oral Cancer Screenings…Why are they important?

Regular checkups with your dentist help more than just your smile. They’re an important chance for them to check for signs of oral cancer.

Oral cancer screenings are designed to try to catch the early signs of oral cancer before they progress to a more
advanced stage. Oral cancer screenings are important because oral cancer can be successfully treated if caught early enough. Approximately 84% of oral cancer cases can be detected early by a dental health professional.

When Dr. Mejias performs an oral cancer screening, she uses many tools to look for any discoloration or mouth sores in your mouth. Then Dr. Mejias feel the tissues around your mouth for lumps or abnormalities. If she detects any form of abnormality in your mouth, she will recommend further testing.

 

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