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Oral Cancer Screenings – El Reno, OK

Protecting More Than Just Your Teeth

Smile with damaged soft tissue discovered during oral cancer screening

This year alone, it’s estimated that roughly 53,000 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer. When found early, the disease is relatively easy to treat, and the recovery can be quite short. That’s why, at El Reno Family Dentistry, we perform a thorough visual and tactile oral cancer screening at every appointment. It only takes a minute or so, but it can literally save someone’s life! To learn more about how our team can protect you from more than just cavities and gum disease, read about the importance of oral cancer screenings in El Reno, OK below.

Why Choose El Reno Family Dentistry for Oral Cancer Screenings?

  • Screenings Performed at Every Checkup
  • Highly-Trained and Qualified Dentists
  • Brand New, State-of-the-Art Dental Office

Facts About Oral Cancer

Hand holding an oral cancer awareness ribbon

Oral cancer kills more people nationwide than either cervical or skin (melanoma) cancer, and only half of the patients diagnosed will survive more than five years. One American dies every hour from oral cancer. The most common risk factors are tobacco use, frequent high quantity alcohol consumption, constant sunlight exposure, habitual cheek or lip biting, or poorly fitting dentures. Although most oral cancers are found in people who use tobacco and/or drink alcohol excessively, 25% of oral cancers occur in people who have no risk factors at all.

Your dentist could very well be your number one soldier in the fight against oral cancer. Statistics show in about 10% of patients, dentists notice a problem area even before the patient notices. During a regular dental checkup, your dentist will examine your entire mouth, searching for a flat, painless, white or red spot or small sore. Other signs of oral cancer can include:

  • A sore that bleeds easily or does not heal.
  • A color change of the oral tissues.
  • A lump, thickening, rough spot, crust, or small, eroded area.
  • Pain, tenderness, or numbness anywhere in the mouth or on the lips.

Remember to schedule regular checkups for everyone in your family. Two visits per year are recommended for general care. If, between visits, you notice any unusual changes in your mouth, call your dentist immediately. Together, you and your dentist can fight and win the battle against oral cancer. For more information about oral cancer, support groups, or treatments, contact us today.

At El Reno Family Dentistry, your family comes first. Call our El Reno, OK dental office today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Cohlmia. Located in El Reno, we serve Minco, Calumet, Hinton, and other communities in Canadian County with quality care at affordable prices.