Why should I have regular oral cancer screenings?

Regular oral cancer screenings can help identify changes in the mouth or throat that could be early signs of cancer. Early detection is key for successful treatment, and catching a potential problem before it progresses can save lives. Dr. Bridget Lervick offers oral cancer screenings for all patients, typically performed during routine visits.

Why are oral cancer screenings important?

Oral cancer screenings are important because they may detect cancer early, ensuring successful interventions. Regular check-ups not only allow your dentist to monitor any changes over time, but they also provide an opportunity to discuss any risk factors you may have and how to best lower them. By getting regular screenings, you can better protect your health and catch any abnormalities before they become more serious problems.

Visiting a dentist every six months can reduce your risk of oral health problems

Seeing a dentist regularly for professional cleanings is also important for overall oral health since brushing and flossing alone are not enough to remove all plaque and bacteria. So, while having a professional evaluation of your oral health is beneficial in its own right, it can also be a means for early detection of any potentially serious issues. Regular check-ups can help you maintain optimum oral health and catch any potential problems before they become more severe.

Who is at a higher risk of developing oral cancer?

Suppose you’re over 40 or have risk factors such as smoking, drinking alcohol, regular sun exposure, or HPV infections. In that case, scheduling regular oral cancer screenings with your dentist at Grandview Center for Dentistry is imperative. Dr. Lervick may recommend getting screened for different types of oral cancer every six months or once a year, depending on your situation. Becoming familiar with your mouth and throat area so that you can quickly recognize changes is also critical in early detection.

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Call (952) 955-4505 to request a visit at Grandview Center Dentistry, conveniently located at 5201 Eden Avenue, Suite #120. We also serve patients in and around Richfield, Bloomington, Eden Prairie, Minneapolis, and Minnetonka, MN.