Oral cancer can be deadlyOral cancer
http://www.oralcancer.org/ kills nearly one person in the US every hour of the day. While oral cancer can be life-threatening, it is also curable, provided it is detected early enough. This is why regular visits with a dentist like Dr. Hill may be more important than you know, as dentists are often the first to spot the warning signs of oral cancer.
How do dentists detect oral cancer?
Modern technology has provided a number of ways for dentists to screen their patients for oral cancer
. Two common methods include ViziLite and OralCDx.
In the case of Vizilite
, a special light is used to assist the dentist in seeing areas where oral cancer may be present.
, a brush is used to test areas in the mouth for precancerous cells.
Reduce your likelihood of getting oral cancer
While there is no foolproof way to prevent oral cancer at home, there are lifestyle changes that can help reduce your risk. Dr. Hill recommends eliminating tobacco use of any kind. You should also consider limiting your alcohol consumption, as both of these have shown links to increased rates of the development of oral cancer.
There are symptoms you should be aware of as well, and we will be covering those in our next post on the topic. If you've been putting off your regular check-up, you may want to consider scheduling an appointment with Dr. Hill by getting in touch with us.