What do you think of when you hear the word “dentist”? Do you think “teeth”? While your teeth are an essential component to your oral health, the truth is, your dentist plays a much bigger role in your overall health than you may realize. Your Rochester dentists at White Spruce Dental are in a unique position to detect and diagnose diseases of the gums and mouth before they progress.
Think about it – you see your dentist twice per year (ideally), you usually only see your regular doctor when a problem arises. Your Rochester dentists are in a position to detect and diagnose oral cancer along with your regular exams and screenings. The earlier we detect signs of oral cancer, the better chance we have of treating it.
Some of the most significant risk factors for developing oral cancer include:
It’s important to keep an eye out for any abnormalities or changes in the condition of your mouth. Warning signs and symptoms of oral cancer include:
Your Rochester dentists at White Spruce Dental care about your health. That’s why we’ve invested in a high-tech ViziLite® oral cancer screening device for the best early detection rate possible. ViziLite® is a five minute screening test that uses a fluorescent light to illuminate abnormalities in the soft tissues of the mouth and throat. If you fall into any of the above high risk categories, or notice any of the signs and symptoms, make sure to ask us about oral cancer screenings at your next appointment. Your peace of mind and your health is worth it.
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