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The Importance of Preventive Dental Care in Early Oral Cancer Detection

 

When found in the early stages, oral cancer has an 80 to 90 percent survival rate. However, most oral cancer cases are diagnosed in the later stages, when the disease has spread and is more difficult to treat. Unfortunately, 43 percent of those diagnosed with oral cancer will not survive beyond five years.

Proper and thorough dental exams can do more than simply check for cavities – they can save your life. This is why your dentist can be your best ally for early detection of oral cancer. The condition of your mouth can change over time, so it’s important to see your dentist regularly so that he or she can observe you over time.

During your routine dental exam, your dentist should check your mouth for any signs of oral cancer. If your dentist discovers any suspect areas, he or she will recommend follow-up testing.

Sources:

1. The role of dental and medical professionals; The Oral Cancer Foundation; January 2017

2. The Oral Cancer Foundation; The Oral Cancer Foundation; January 2017