Reducing The Risks Of Oral Cancers With Regular Dental Visits

Published: 2014-02-28, Last Modified:

Checking For Oral Cancer By Taking Tissue Samples

At the completion of an exam, a dentist may determine that there are enough signs of oral cancer to warrant taking a tissue sample for analysis. The dentist will need to obtain a sample of the abnormal cells so the tissue can be tested for any cancer cells. If the analysis confirms that the tissue is cancerous, the dental care provider will go over treatment options. Depending on the seriousness of a diagnosis, a person may need to visit an oral surgeon in order to have any tumors removed or treated.

Oral Cancer Prevention and Early Detection

In order to reduce the risk of developing oral cancer from HPV and other triggers, it is important that each person talks with their dentist to learn how they can reduce their risks through diet and lifestyle changes. It is also vital that everyone visit their dentist regularly. Dental check-ups can help identify issues early and the earlier that oral cancer can be detected the better the chances that treatment of the oral cancer will be successful. Survival rates for those with cancers caused by HPV increase greatly the earlier the cancer is discovered. It is important to not be afraid to ask a dentist for an oral cancer screening at a dental visit.

Author Bio: This article is written by Landon Blatter an expert in implant, cosmetic, restorative, and family dentistry. Our team members at Rocky Mountain Dental Partners are your partners in helping you achieve a bright, dazzling smile and the excellent oral health you deserve. We are here to answer your questions and help you overcome whatever obstacles may be preventing you from reaching your dental health goal.

Related Links

http://www.cdc.gov/std/hpv/stdfact-hpv.htm
http://www.oralcancerfoundation.org/facts/humanpapillomavirus.htm
https://www.nidcr.nih.gov/OralHealth/Topics/OralCancer/TheOralCancerExam.htm
http://health.usnews.com/health-news/articles/2014/02/20/head-throat-cancer-survival-may-be-longer-if-tumor-caused-by-hpv-study
http://www.4orca.org/earlydetection.html

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Category: Disease Prevention, Symptom Information

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