Oral Cancer Screenings in Lewiston
When you go to your dentist every 6 months, your dentist’s goal is to help prevent various dental health issues. Primarily, we go to the dentist to find out if we have any signs of tooth decay or gum disease. But some dentists also provide oral cancer screenings. Not every dentist provides this service, so it is important to ask your dentist if they do. Oral cancer can show up around the lips, tongue, gums, or throat. At Joy Family Dentistry in Lewiston Maine we use Velscope technology to screen for oral cancer.
What Are Velscope Oral Cancer Screenings?
VELScope® is a tool that dentists can use to track early signs of oral cancer. Oral cancer has many risk factors. Drinking alcohol or smoking tobacco can increase your risks for oral cancer. However, even without carcinogens like alcohol and tobacco, it is still possible to develop cancer. Catching signs of cancer early is vital to prevent cancer from spreading throughout the body. When you make a regular dental checkup at our office in Lewiston, we can provide routine oral cancer screenings to help detect any early warning signs.
When Should You Start Getting Oral Cancer Screenings?
Generally, dentists recommend that everyone gets oral cancer screenings once they turn 18. Getting screened is an easy part of your regular dental checkup or routine dental cleaning. You should consider getting screenings done if you have any potential risk factors. Family history of cancer (especially oral cancer) might make the risk of developing cancer higher. Additionally oral cancer has been linked to tobacco use, alcohol consumption, and HPV.
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If you have questions about VELscope, oral cancer screenings in general, or other questions about dental exams and checkups, please contact our office. We would be happy to help you set up an appointment and meet with a member of our team.
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