• Get your Oral Cancer Screening this April

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    Each April, our Novato dentist office likes to remind our patients about Oral Cancer Awareness Month.  This does not mean that we are only concerned about it one month out of the year, however.  In fact, did you know we provide oral cancer screening services each time you visit us for your dental exam?  As the dentist Novato families trust for preventative dentistry care, we understand the importance of early prevention.  Preventing oral cancer in its early stages great reduces and often eliminates further complications.

    When should I be worried about oral cancer?

    Oral cancer doesn’t have a target demographic, which is why our Novato dentist stresses the importance of an oral cancer screen.  However, certain habits can put you at higher risk for developing oral cancer.  If you use tobacco products or are considered a heavy drinker, you fall into a high risk category.  Age is another factor.  While oral cancer can affect people of all ages, people between the ages of 40 and 65 tend to have higher risk at developing the disease. 

    What is the best way to prevent oral cancer?

    The best way to prevent oral cancer is through early detection.  If you regular schedule your dental exams every 6 months, you can feel confident that your oral health is in check.  Our oral cancer screening takes only a few minutes.  But, those minutes could save your life.  Once oral cancer progress to a point where you are noticing an issue with your untrained eye, it is extremely difficult to cure.  With our professionally trained staff, we have the tools and experience to screen your oral cavity for signs of oral cancer.  In its early stages, oral cancer can be addressed and eliminated before it spreads.

    Our Oral Cancer Screening Procedure

    When you visit our Novato dentist for your exam, we provide a quick, yet effective screening.  We look for lumps or bumps that are unexplained, discoloration of any soft tissues, and talk about any changes in your medical history.  Monitoring these issues every 6 months gives us a way to quickly identify any changes or differences in your oral health.

    Let April serve as your reminder to schedule your dental exam and get on track to achieve a healthy smile.  Visit us on Facebook to learn more or pick up the phone and call us to schedule an appointment.  Your comfort and health is our priority, and we look forward to seeing you soon.