Everyone at our Huntsville, AL dental office hopes that you, your family, and friends are feeling happy and healthy. We also want you to keep yourselves healthy for as long as possible.
With the recent COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve also experienced how illnesses can drastically change our lives. At our office, we are doing everything we can to keep our patients safe. That includes maintaining high standards for sanitization.
It also is why we perform oral cancer screenings when our patients come in for dental cleanings and exams. Since April is Oral Cancer Awareness month, so we want to take a moment to remind you that we provide oral cancer screenings at Jennifer Perkins, DDS when you visit us for an exam.
With this disease, early detection makes a huge difference. When found early, 80 to 90 percent of people survive mouth and throat cancers. When you schedule your next dental appointment, we hope you will call 256-801-0002 to visit Jennifer Perkins, DDS.
Learn The Signs
To maintain your oral health, routine check-ups are invaluable. When you visit us, you can rest assured that we’ll be watching for any potential problems. In between your visits, take a moment to learn what the Oral Cancer Foundation has identified as symptoms of this disease:
- Bumps or lumps in or around your mouth
- White and/or red spots on the soft tissues of your mouth
- Ulcers that aren’t getting better
- Bleeding in the mouth
- Lingering hoarseness or sore throat
- Teeth that start feeling loose
If you notice abnormalities with your tongue or lips, or your airway feels likes it’s obstructed (like you have something persistently stuck in your throat), you should contact your doctor.
Get To Know The Risk Factors
The cause of oral cancer is known in 90 percent of cases, according to health experts. Knowing those causes can help you reduce your risk of acquiring this disease.
Tobacco use is easily the single most common risk factor for gum disease. According to health professionals, 75 percent of oral cancer cases are connected to tobacco use. Any time you smoke, chew, or dip, you are raising your risk of mouth or throat cancer (among other health issues). Avoiding tobacco is the top thing you can do to reduce your risk of this disease.
Heavy alcohol consumption, defined as having 21 or more drinks per week, also raises your risk. It also follows that using alcohol while using tobacco can leave your mouth more vulnerable.
One more thing to mention is HPV (the human papillomavirus), which can cause oral cancer in 1 percent of people who contract it. (The same virus that can cause cervical cancer in women.). There is a vaccine for HPV. Talk to your family physician about getting it for yourself or your family members.
When You Can, Come To See Us
When you schedule your next dental appointment, we hope you will come to see Jennifer Perkins, DDS, and the rest of our team. Get an oral cancer screening while we clean your teeth. Call 256-801-0002 or contact us online to request your appointment.