If you’ve been doing any research regarding preventive dentistry, you know that oral cancer screenings are an extremely important part of preventive care. While you may recognize that this type of cancer is something that requires attention, you may not know why. You may also wonder how to go about setting up a screening, what to expect, and how it can help you. We can quickly answer your most important questions with a Q&A session. Following up with us during appointments, of course, is always a good way to ask remaining questions.
Questions and Answers
Question: What’s the consequence of not receiving oral cancer screenings? Isn’t it okay to just come in for a visit if some sort of problem or symptom shows up?
Answer: Unfortunately, waiting for a symptom or a problem could be quite dangerous. When oral cancer begins it is often silent and invisible to you. Even when symptoms occur, you might not notice them. Waiting and skipping screenings means you’re giving cancer time to worsen.
Question: Is an oral cancer screening going to be something that I cannot do at home?
Answer: Yes. In addition to looking in your mouth and asking you questions, we will complete a full neck and head exam, seeking out even the smallest change.
Question: How can I schedule a screening?
Answer: You don’t need to do anything special to schedule an oral cancer screening. You just need to come in for your dental examination. A screening is part of the process. We always tell patients that the best plan is to come in twice a year for the exam (and screening).