Oral cancer affects thousands of people in Australia every year. Luckily, it can be treated during its early stage. And while it’s impossible to predict whether someone will suffer from oral cancer, keeping your mouth healthy can help reduce the risk.
At Healthy Smile Centre, we are all about prevention and for this reason we perform an oral screening to our patients during their regular check-up. If you are smoking and over 30, you should always ask your dentist in Erskineville for an oral screening as part of your overall examination.
How does someone get oral cancer?
Just like all types of cancer, oral cancer is caused by mutations in the cells of the oral cavity. This mutation allows the cells to grow and multiply quickly creating tumours and spreading to other parts of the body. While it’s not always clear why oral cancer occurs, certain risk factors include smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, HPV and excessive sun exposure. Cancer can affect the tongue, lips, gums, roof of the mouth, floor of the mouth, and inner lining of the cheeks.
Signs and symptoms
Your dentist in Erskineville will look for bleeding sores, bumps, lacerations, loose teeth and unexplained pain when examining your mouth and neck. Sometimes it’s not always easy to determine whether a bump is cancerous and in this case your dentist in Erskineville may recommend a biopsy. They may also take x-rays and refer you for an endoscopy and scans. Diagnosing oral cancer at an early stage is really important because treatment can start as soon as possible.
As we’ve already mentioned, there’s no certain way to prevent oral cancer. However, you can reduce the risk by quitting smoking, avoiding second-hand nicotine exposure, moderating alcohol consumption, using UV sunscreen on your lips and face and visiting your dentist in Erskineville regularly for early identification and treatment.
Your dentist is your ally
When caught early, oral cancer is very treatable, therefore having an oral screening by your dentist in Erskineville every time you visit for a check-up, is highly beneficial. To learn more about our preventive oral care services, contact us today.
All treatment carries risk. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.