Spring Greetings from your SLO Smiles family dental team!
Aside from enjoying the longer days, blooming flowers, and warmer weather, April is all about oral cancer awareness. According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, approximately 53,000 people in the U.S. will be newly diagnosed with oral cancer this year—that’s 132 people diagnosed every day. Even more alarming is the fact that one person every hour of the day will die from it.
Like many other cancers, smoking and tobacco increase risks, alongside excessive alcohol usage and the connection to the HPV virus. Signs and symptoms of oral cancer include:
If you notice any of these symptoms, be sure to reach out to a dental office as soon as possible to schedule a screening. If you don’t already, scheduling regular oral cancer examinations with your family dentist is the best method for detecting oral cancer in its early stages.
While you are your own best advocate, active patients at our office do receive oral cancer screenings yearly at one of their bi-annual cleanings.
Here at SLO Smiles, we are passionate about what we do, and take the time to get to know our patients and personalize each of our appointments. We believe that dentistry isn’t just about a gorgeous smile and clean teeth—it is about maintaining whole body health and preventing disease. From flexible scheduling to tailored treatment plans, get in touch today to schedule screenings for you and your family.