Your regular dental checkup has many different facets. While the primary focus of the checkup is centered on cleaning your teeth, detecting tooth decay and gum disease, it also includes a basic oral cancer screening.
Research published by the American Dental Association found that 1 out of every 92 adults will develop some form of oral or pharyngeal cancer in their lifetime. The average age of onset is 62 years old. However, increased risk factors such as a family history or oral cancer, regular tobacco use, and increased alcohol consumption, can cause you to develop oral cancer at a younger age. On the average, men are almost twice as likely to develop oral cancer than women.
Early detection of oral or pharyngeal cancer greatly increases your chances of a successful treatment.
The oral cancer screening portion is fast and simple. Dr. Groover will examine your mouth checking for signs of anything that could be potentially dangerous. It’s a good idea to let Dr. Groover know about any increased risk factors for oral cancer you might have.
If you have questions or concerns about oral cancer, or you are overdue for your regular dental check up please call Groover Family Dentistry in Savannah, GA, at 912-354-9541 to schedule an appointment.