During your last checkup and cleaning at Tarpon Shores Dental, you may be surprised to find out that Dr. Romesh Weerasooriya conducted an oral cancer screening. Our top priority is your wellbeing, which is why we focus on providing each of our patients with high-quality preventive care that diagnoses problems while they’re still easily treatable. Oral cancer is a deadly disease that is estimated to impact over 50,000 people this year according to The American Cancer Society. When you allow us to examine your mouth every six months, you’re drastically increasing the chances of early detection, which can lead to successful treatment. If it’s been longer than six months since the last time you visited your dentist, be sure to contact us today to schedule your screening!
Oral cancer is any cancer that develops within your oral cavity or throat, including your tongue, lips, and cheeks. Tobacco is well-known as the top risk factor of developing this disease, but there are several other habits and health conditions that could also increase your risk, including:
Oral cancer is most prevalent in men who are over 50 years old, but with the recent rise in HPV diagnoses, younger people are beginning to have an increased risk as well.
At Tarpon Shores Dental, an oral cancer screening with us is typically conducted in only a few minutes. It’s a painless process that is performed every six months as a preventive measure. First, Dr. Weerasooriya will ask you if you’ve noticed any out of the ordinary symptoms such as irritated patches in your mouth or oral sores that won’t seem to heal. He’ll then conduct a visual inspection of your mouth and throat looking for common symptoms including:
Oral cancer is a fast-spreading disease that becomes more difficult to treat the longer it’s allowed to progress. Of the 50,000 people that will be diagnosed with it this year, about 10,000 will die even though when it’s detected in its early stages, it can be successfully treated. At Tarpon Shores Dental, we strive to be your best defense against this deadly disease, especially since 84 percent of oral cancer cases can be spotted by a trained dental professional.
In our practice, high-quality preventive care is one of our top priorities because it saves our patients from having to deal with discomfort, costly invasive procedures, and hassle down the road. We understand how dangerous and deadly oral cancer is, which is why we spend the extra time to screen each of our patients during their routine checkups and cleanings. If we do find signs of this disease, we’ll refer you to a medical professional who can develop a treatment plan for you. We’ll continue to be right by your side through every step of the process.