April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month. Early detection is key to optimizing your survival rate. Ask us about the VELscope Screening diagnostic tool for early detection of oral cancer. Let’s help save lives together! Click here to learn more.
The five-year survival rate for oral cancer is around 83% when it is detected early. Late-stage detection lessens the survival rate to 32%. Early detection is key. Contact us to make an Oral Cancer Screening appointment today.
Oral cancer can appear anywhere in your mouth, including the inside of your cheek, tongue, lips, gums, salivary glands, and tonsils. What do you need to know about oral cancer?
Oral Cancer Can Cause Death if Not Treated Early
The Oral Cancer Foundation reported that nearly 53,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year. It will lead to the deaths of more than 9,750 people. That works out to approximately one person per hour, 24 hours a day. The death rate is not due to it being difficult to identify or treat, but because it is often diagnosed late in the condition’s development.
Lifestyle Choices Affect Your Oral Cancer Risk
Your daily choices will affect your cancer risk. Smoking and excessive drinking will increase your chances of developing cancer while a nutritious diet will help reduce them. A healthy, active lifestyle will also help reduce the risk of other types of cancer.
You Should Check Your Mouth Regularly for Signs of Oral Cancer
Monitor your mouth for signs of oral cancer. See a doctor right away if you notice sores that won’t heal, red or white patches, lumps, unexplained tenderness, difficulty swallowing, hoarseness, or a change in the way your teeth come together when you close your mouth.
When detected early, the five-year survival rate is around 83%. Late-stage detection reduces the survival rate to 32%.
Follow-Up Exams Are a Necessity for Oral Cancer Survivors
Patients who survive oral cancer may later develop cancer in the mouth, throat, or lung. Follow-up exams are necessary to watch for these changes. This should be done for the rest of the patient’s life.
Your Dentist Can Help Detect Oral Cancer Early
Your doctor is your best protection against oral cancer. The VELscope provides more accurate results compared to other detection methods. There’s no need to rinse beforehand as ViziLite requires. Schedule an appointment at Goldstein Dental Group located in Novi, Michigan today for your VELscope oral cancer screening.
Congratulations to our intern Lauren! She is currently attending Oakland Schools Technical Campuses. We so enjoyed having her for 6 weeks in a work-based learning program in our Novi office. We kept her busy learning all about our busy dental practice and helping out with projects including front desk and clinical work. The certificate of appreciation from OSTC indicates Lauren’s successful completion of the program requirements including volunteer hours.
Life can get complicated when you become pregnant. You have to be more cautious about what you do and what you put in your body. Having a healthy baby begins with taking care of yourself. Your oral hygiene is more important than ever during this stage in your life.
Can I See a Dentist When I’m Pregnant?
Yes, you can and should see a dentist while you are pregnant. You should not skip any scheduled exams because you are expecting. However, make sure you talk to your dentist first. Let them know that you are pregnant and inform them of any health changes or risks. Also let them know how far along you are in your pregnancy. It’s never too early to keep your dentist informed.
Dental care is especially important during pregnancy because of hormonal changes. These changes combined with any prescriptions you may have could increase your risk of periodontal disease.
Can I Have a Cavity Filled While I’m Pregnant?
Fillings and crowns should be done to prevent infection. It is best if done during the second trimester. That’s because you may have difficulty laying on your back for the duration of the procedure during the third trimester.
Anything urgent or that could increase your risk of infection should be addressed. However, some cosmetic dentistry like teeth whitening is best to wait until after delivery.
Dental X-Rays During Pregnancy
The American College of Radiology advises that there is no single diagnostic X-ray that produces enough radiation to harm a developing fetus. Proper shielding should always be used during this procedure.
If you have questions about dental care during pregnancy, let us know. Contact Goldstein Dental Group in Novi, Michigan today to schedule a visit.
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23895 Novi Road, Ste 500
Novi, MI 48375
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