It’s Oral Cancer Awareness Month

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Oral cancer remains one of the deadliest forms of cancer. Regular oral cancer screenings can increase the chance of you receive life-saving treatment. Visiting the dentist twice a year for oral cancer screenings allows your dentist to properly examine your oral cavity to check for any warning signs of oral cancer.

Dr. Datta and our dental care team are properly trained to identify the signs of oral cancer. After a thorough examination, we will determine if you are at risk of developing oral cancer and coordinate further testing. Our oral cancer screening takes a few minutes out of your comprehensive exam but offers a lifetime of health benefits.

Oral Cancer

Oral cancer can form anywhere in your oral cavity: mouth, tonsils, throat, tongue, cheeks, gums, and soft tissue in the mouth. If you notice symptoms like difficulty swallowing, red or white patches in the mouth, lumps in the oral cavity, sores or lesions on the soft tissues, you may want to schedule an oral cancer screening with Ridgetop Dental Group Cosmetic, Implant & General Dentistry in Reston, VA.

Lower Your Risk of Developing Oral Cancer

Studies have shown that patients who use tobacco or smoke,  patients who have been exposed to HPV or consume a heavy amount of alcohol, are at a higher risk of developing oral cancer. Traditionally, oral cancer was thought to affect men older than 4o, but due to new factors, patients of all ages and genders are being diagnosed with oral cancer at a higher rate than previous years.

The best way to combat the effects of oral cancer is by lowering your risks and visiting the dentist at least twice a year for oral cancer screenings. If you would like to talk to a dentist about reducing your oral cancer risk or schedule an oral cancer screening, you should contact Ridgetop Dental Group.  We can work with you to deliver the dental care you need. If you would like to schedule an appointment, call us or schedule an appointment online.

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