The Vital Role of Oral Cancer Screening in Dentistry: Protecting Tigard, Oregon Smiles
In the dental practice at Trudentistry of Tigard, we promote and prioritize a preventive approach to the over-all well-being of our patients.
We have a strong commitment to our patients and their oral health as well as their over-all well-being. That is why we believe that oral cancer screenings are so important and play a vital role in our routine care of our Tigard Oregon community of patients who visit us.
Why Oral Cancer Screening Matters
Living in Tigard means being part of a vibrant community, and your health is at the heart of what makes this community thrive. Oral cancer can affect anyone, and regular screening is our way of ensuring that our Tigard neighbors stay healthy and happy. Early detection is key, and our screenings are designed to catch potential issues before they escalate.
Our patients know that we take their health seriously. It is our shared responsibility. Oral cancer screening is not just a dental procedure; it’s a proactive practice to spot issues in their early stages so that it can be addressed before it gets beyond control.
Early detection is the key factor, and it could save your life.
Regular oral cancer screenings are our best method of keeping our patients healthy.
Our screenings are done with the VelScope which is an instrument that helps our dental team detect cancer cells that would not be visible otherwise. It is a very simple scan and it only take a few moments.
During an oral cancer screening, we use the VelScope to meticulously examine every aspect of the oral area. We scan the mouth, lips, tongue, and surrounding areas.
As your trusted dental partners in Tigard, Oregon, we invite you to prioritize your health and well-being. Make sure that you are up to date on your dental visits. Oral cancer screenings will help safeguard you and provide peace of mind when it comes to the possibility of oral cancer being present.
We believe in empowering our Tigard neighbors with knowledge about oral health and the importance of regular screenings. We would rather prevent oral issues than treat them. Take an active role in the prevention of oral cancer and book your screening today.
If you live in or around the Tigard Oregon area, schedule your cancer screening with us at TruDentistry of Tigard as soon as possible. Join the collective effort to protect and preserve your vibrant smile. Your well-being is of the ut most importance to our entire team of dental professionals.
Here are some frequently asked questions that some of our patients have asked us related to oral cancer.
Q: What is oral cancer, and how does it develop?
A: Oral cancer is a type of cancer that can affect the mouth and surrounding areas. It often develops when cells in the mouth undergo genetic mutations that lead to uncontrolled growth.
Q: Who is at risk of developing oral cancer?
A: Individuals who engage in tobacco use, heavy alcohol consumption, have a family history of oral cancer, or are exposed to certain viruses like HPV are at an increased risk.
Q: What are the common signs and symptoms of oral cancer?
A: Common symptoms include persistent mouth sores, lumps, red or white patches, difficulty swallowing or speaking, and changes in voice.
Q: Is oral cancer hereditary, and can it run in families?
A: While oral cancer is not purely hereditary, there may be a genetic predisposition. Family history and genetic factors can contribute to the risk.
Q: How often should I undergo oral cancer screenings?
A: Regular screenings are recommended during routine dental check-ups. The frequency may vary based on individual risk factors. Dr. Nguyen can provide recommendations.
Q: What happens during an oral cancer screening? Is it painful?
A: Oral cancer screenings are painless. Dr. Nguyen visually examines the mouth, checking for abnormalities, using the VelScope.
Q: Can oral cancer be prevented, and what preventive measures can I take?
A: While prevention is not guaranteed, adopting a healthy lifestyle, avoiding tobacco and excessive alcohol, practicing good oral hygiene, with the help of regular screenings can reduce the risk.
Q: Are there specific risk factors for oral cancer in certain age groups?
A: Oral cancer can occur at any age, but the risk increases with age. Older individuals are more susceptible, especially if they have other risk factors.
Q: Is there a link between oral health and the development of oral cancer?
A: Good oral hygiene practices, including regular dental check-ups and cleanings, contribute to overall oral health and may aid in early detection of potential issues.
Please do not hesitate to contact us with your questions about oral cancer or any other questions you may have for our dental team. We are here to serve you and our vibrant Tigard community.