This month Valley Dental Health recognizes the importance of routine oral cancer screening in the prevention of late stage diagnosis for cancers of the mouth, neck and throat.
Oral cancer rates unfortunately continue to rise worldwide, and the Oral Cancer Foundation predicts that over 45,000 new cases will be diagnosed in 2015 in the United States alone. One of the major factors affecting the rate of this type of cancer is a lack of prevention through routine screening. Although oral cancer screening is quick, painless and relatively inexpensive, many go without it for years due to lack of dental and medical preventative care.
Drs. Rafat and Izadi of Valley Dental Health perform a comprehensive oral cancer screening during routine preventive dental care: a visual examination is enhanced with the use of Identafi® multi-spectral oral cancer screening technology. This technology uses tissue fluorescence to spot abnormal cells that may indicate possible cancerous lesions in the early stages of development. Early diagnosis can often be life saving as the survival rate drops dramatically for late stage oral cancer diagnosis.
Dentistry and your health
When you visit our Hunt Valley dentist office twice a year for routine dental cleanings and exams, Dr. Rafat and Dr. Izadi are able to become familiarized with your oral health and more effectively spot suspicious areas of soft tissue or the appearance of sores or lumps in the mouth or neck area.
If you smoke, use tobacco products or have a family history, mention this to Dr. Rafat or Dr. Izadi during a visit as this can raise your risk of developing oral cancer.
Preventive dental care is important for both maintaining lifelong dental health and playing a role in the prevention of health concerns such as oral cancer. Valley Dental Health is a partner in your overall health care and in helping you to enjoy a good quality of life every day.