The dental team at Affinity Dental cares for more than just your teeth. We perform oral cancer screenings at every one of your visits. Early detection of this serious, even deadly, disease can literally save your life.
Every day in the United States 100 new cases of oral cancer are diagnosed, and every hour one person dies from this serious disease. There has been an increase in new cases primarily among populations who are non-smoking and under age 50 – populations that have not normally been at risk in the past. For this reason, it’s essential that you see your dentist and have an oral cancer screening performed.
At Affinity Dental, the welfare of our patients comes before all else, and we strive to deliver quality care with compassion every day. With over 170 years of combined experience, our staff is uniquely suited to screen patients for early warning signs of oral cancer.
Our comprehensive group practice located at 4 East Rolling Crossroads is a warm, friendly environment that accepts patients with all levels of dentistry needs. We act as your advisor during the process, recommending the best procedures available. If one option isn’t affordable or can’t be covered by your dental plan, we’ll work with you to determine other suitable options. We accept most insurance plans and even offer interest-free financing options through several banks.
Risk Factors for Oral Cancer
According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, these are the most common risk factors related to oral cancer:
- Tobacco use and alcohol use. The vast majority of oral cancer cases are linked to tobacco use, heavy alcohol use, or the use of both together. The combination of alcohol and tobacco use creates a higher risk than using either substance by itself.
- Age. Oral cancer risk increases with age. It most commonly occurs in people over the age of 40.
- Sun exposure. Exposure to the sun is a major risk factor in cancer of the lip.
- Diet. Oral cancer is more prevalent win people with diets that are low in fruits and vegetables.
- Human Papillomavirus. Infection with the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus, specifically the HPV 16 type, is linked to an increased risk of oral cancer, even at younger ages. This virus is very common, and few people even know that they have it, making regular oral cancer screening that much more important.
Have concerns about oral cancer? Contact us here or call us at 410-719-7900.