April is Oral Cancer awareness month and here at Morrison Dental Group, we are spreading awareness all month long. Did you know that with every six-month hygiene care appointment, you are screened for oral cancer? This is vital to your overall health as well as your smile because cancer which is detected early can often be treated successfully. This early intervention helps ensure that both optimal treatment options and your healing rate are as high as possible.
During your oral cancer screening examination, Dr. Robert Morrison will be looking for any signs of oral cancer on your cheeks, gums, tongue and throat. [Heshe] will look for abnormal sores and red or white patches that may indicate cancer is present. Next, he will feel the tissues in your mouth to detect lumps or abnormalities. The exam is painless and simple so you can feel calm and relaxed. Should any abnormalities arise, he will discuss the appropriate steps you will need to take next.
You may be a greater risk of oral cancer if you regularly use tobacco or consume alcohol, your family has a history of oral cancer, or you have excessive exposure to the sun. But everyone can benefit from oral cancer screenings, not just those who are at high risk for the disease. A local family man thought he had a cold, but ended up discovering he had tongue cancer. After several surgeries later coupled with a long recovery process, he found himself in remission.
For example, a local family man thought he had a cold but ended up discovering he had tongue cancer. After several surgeries coupled with a long recovery process, he found himself in remission. Click this link to hear about his battle with oral cancer:
Local Man Beats Cancer Odds
To find out more about oral cancer screenings in Richmond, Virginia, we invite you to give Morrison Dental Group a call at 804-261-4020 today. Together we will work to help you ensure a healthy smile for years to come!