HOLLY RIDGE, SNEADS FERRY & SURF CITY, NC

ORAL CANCER SCREENINGS

It’s important to visit your local dentist regularly, at least every six months. In addition to deep cleaning services during your regular checkup, we provide oral cancer screenings for all of our patients in the Holly Ridge, Sneads Ferry and Surf City, NC areas. Your oral cancer exam will not take long and is not painful. We simply look and feel for any lumps or irregularities in your mouth, neck, head and face. We can test any irregularities and help you to gain a reliable diagnosis.

Catching oral cancer early can make a big difference in treatment. Ask Dr. White about oral cancer screenings during your next visit.

ORAL CANCER RISK FACTORS

Oral cancer can include cancer of the mouth, lips, tongue, cheeks sinuses and other areas. All individuals are susceptible to oral cancer, which is why it is important to visit us for regular checkups. That said, there are certain individuals and conditions that can lead to a higher chance of developing oral cancer. The following factors could increase risk:

  • Gender. Men face twice the risk of oral cancer as women.
  • Age. As you get older, your risk for developing cancer increases.
  • Smoking & Tobacco. Tobacco users, even smokeless tobacco users are far more likely to develop oral cancers than non-tobacco users.
  • Alcohol. Drinkers face more risk than nondrinkers.
  • Family History. If your family has a history of cancer, you could face increased risk.
  • Sun. Excessive exposure to the sun could increase your risk of cancers.

Even if none of these factors apply to you, it’s important to understand that you could still be at risk. In fact, over 25 percent of all oral cancers occur in people who do not fall into these categories.

MAKE AN APPOINTMENT TODAY

Your oral cancer screening is a complimentary part of your regular dental checkup with us at White Dental. If you are in the Holly Ridge, Sneads Ferry or Surf City areas, make a dental appointment with us today!