Oral Cancer Screening
Every time you're in our chair, we review many aspects of your health.
Subtle changes in the lining of your mouth call for a closer evaluation,
regardless of whether you use tobacco or not. Early detection of oral
cancer saves many lives every year, and we're trained to recognize
a myriad of oral tissue abnormalities.
Oral cancer can afflict anyone although tobacco users put themselves at
significantly higher risk than non-users. Chewing tobacco contains up
to 3000 different chemicals, including the same compounds used in pesticides
and embalming fluid. Cellular changes below the surface aren't always
detectable until they've advanced to a critical stage.
However, early detection and treatment of oral cancer significantly increase
the chance of a positive outcome. The American Cancer Society reports
that about 7,000 deaths result from oral cancer out of 30,000 cases diagnosed
annually. If we suspect any unusual changes in your mouth tissue, we may
suggest a biopsy and microscopic analysis by a qualified lab.
We understand tobacco holds powerful addictive powers over many health-conscious
people. If you're determined to quit, we want to be a supportive partner
in your efforts. If you need help, we can assist you with finding strategies
and resources for kicking the habit.
Been a while since your last dental exam? Call (406) 412-6365 for an appointment
at Brewer Dental Center in Billings. Call Us Today. We will see you today.