According to the American Dental Association, in 2017 nearly 10,000 deaths were attributable to oral cancers of all types. This means that oral cancer represented about 2.9% of all cancer types and resulted in 1.6% of all cancer deaths. The Association also reported that early detection survival rates were around 83% over five years. These are significant numbers, and your dentist at Village Park Family Dental takes them seriously.
Annually, during one of your biannual routine dental exams and cleanings, we complete a comprehensive oral cancer screening as well as check for head and neck cancers. Early detection is essential and highlights an important reason to be certain to schedule your routine biannual dental checkups. The Cancer Centers of America notes that two of the most common related causes of oral cancer are alcohol and tobacco use. Also, age plays a factor with more than 67% of all individuals with oral cancer over 55.
The dentist at Village Park Family Dental is focused on your total wellbeing. We believe the adage, ‘Prevention is the best medicine,’ and we will help you maintain the highest levels of dental health possible. Scheduling and keeping your biannual checkup is just one of the essential steps to maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Should any problems be identified, it is important to not only catch them early but also, to develop a treatment plan with your Village Park dentist.
Call us today to schedule your next checkup, 281-376-4444.