Oral Cancer Check, Regular Oral Examinations and Why Are They Necessary?
We generally like patients to come in for regular dental exams every six months, but we understand how easy it may be to miss a scheduled dental check-up, especially with today’s busy lifestyles. We have outlined just a few reasons why it is vitally important to attend your regular dental visits.
Any Potential Treatment Will be Quicker, Cheaper and Less Invasive
Often the first signs of dental problems will not cause any symptoms and gum disease is a good example, but early treatment can be more effective, less invasive and more cost-effective. Our dentist will carefully examine your teeth and gums for any signs of disease or lesions and can prescribe treatment, hopefully well before you feel any discomfort.
Reduce Your Risk of Dental Emergencies
Regular check-ups are a great way to reduce your risk of a dental emergency, which could occur if an untreated cavity causes a broken tooth, severe infection or an abscess. At the same time, good dental health has a protective effect on your general health.
Don’t Miss Your Oral Cancer Screenings
Screenings for oral cancer form an essential part of your regular dental checkups. Your dentist is specially trained to detect any early symptoms of this disease and an oral cancer screening is quick and completely painless.
Your regular visits to Apple Dental are a great opportunity for you to discuss any dental health queries you may have. We love educating patients and are always willing to chat to you about ways to improve your dental care at home.
Introducing our Oral ID Device
Apple Dental is proud to announce we now provide a cancer check during every exam using our new Oral ID screening device. Oral ID uses fluorescence technology to help identify any cells inside your mouth that require further investigation. Normal healthy cells will fluoresce when we shine a special blue light on them, but any abnormalities will appear darker and are much easier to see than by using an ordinary white light. This examination is quick and non-invasive and there is no need for us to use rinses or messy dyes. By investing in this technology we hope to detect the very earliest signs of oral cancer before they become visible to the naked eye.
Why Oral Cancer Screening is so Important
Oral cancer is becoming more common as rates have increased for the past 7 years. Unfortunately approximately 60% of oral cancers will not be diagnosed until the later stages (III and IV) when treatment is considerably more invasive and when the long-term prognosis is not nearly so favourable. By screening our patients regularly, we hope to ensure that any oral cancer symptoms are detected at a stage when treatment will be much more successful.
We are specially trained to detect the early signs of oral cancer and it is likely we are the only health professionals who regularly get to look inside your mouth. You could have a higher risk of oral cancer if you smoke, have been exposed to the human papilloma virus (HPV), if you use alcohol to excess or if you are aged over 40.
Let Us Know if You Think There Might Be Something Wrong
You can help by keeping any eye out for any changes in between exams. If you do notice a patch of skin in your mouth feels rough or has changed colour, or that you have an ulcer that just won’t heal up after two or three weeks, then contact us so we can take a look. We’d much rather be safe than sorry.