This is Oral Cancer Awareness Month. This year, an estimated 54,000 people will be diagnosed with this disease in the United States.
Knowing this, now is a great time to schedule a dental cleaning and exam at our Montgomery, AL office.
Get a Screening With Your Cleaning
During a professional dental cleaning and exam, our team will remove plaque and tartar and closely look at your mouth. We aren’t just looking for cavities and gum disease. We are looking for any abnormalities, including those that could indicate oral cancer.
Early Detection Makes a Big Difference
According to The Oral Cancer Foundation, 80 to 90 percent of people survive when their oral cancer is found in the early stages. That drops to 57 percent when the cancer is discovered in the late stages.
Don’t Put Yourself at Risk
Tobacco use is the most common risk factor for oral cancer. Alcohol use is second, and HPV is the third-leading cause of this disease. You can help yourself by avoiding or quitting harmful substances and getting vaccinated against HPV if you are eligible.