Our dentist at Richmond Dental Care performs a visual oral cancer test on every patient who visits us for a comprehensive dental exam or professional tooth cleaning. Why is this such an important element to our total patient care? The Canadian Dental Association (CDA) reports that more than 3,000 new cases of this type of cancer are identified each year in Canada, and over 1,000 deaths occurred due to it.
Because our dentists care as much about a patient’s total health and well-being, oral cancer screening is a part of every exam and professional cleaning that we perform since, like most cancers, it’s not easily detected at home. However, some of the symptoms that the CDA points out that you may notice at home include:
While you may notice some of the above symptoms at home, there are times when oral cancer can only be diagnosed using specialized equipment and x-rays found in a dentist’s office, such as here at Richmond Dental Care.
The actual cause of oral cancer is not yet known. That means that no one is immune from the condition. However, the CDA has identified several areas of commonality:
If you’ve noticed one or more of the symptoms listed above or believe you fall into one of the higher risk categories shown, now is a great time to receive oral cancer screening near you from our dentists at Richmond Dental Care. Whether you make your appointment for a stand-alone screening or as a part of your routine dental exam, you’ll have one less health concern to worry about by taking care of this important screening.