ENCINO, Calif., Jan. 14, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Oral cancer screenings are provided to patients by Encino dentists at the Encino Esthetic Dental Group as a method of prevention and early detection. Although lifestyle factors can contribute to an increased risk, it can be present in a person that has relatively healthy personal habits. The Encino dentist is promoting awareness of good oral care and the importance of screening every single person. It is possible to survive the disease when identified early, even in the pre-cancer stages.
"Thousands of people will continue to die each year from mouth cancer that is not diagnosed or treated as early as possible. We care about our patients and want to ensure that they live long, healthy lives through regular cancer screenings," the Encino Esthetic Dental Group stated. "People that do not drink or smoke may be at a lower risk, but oral cancer can really happen to anyone."
Oral cancer risk is higher in people that meet the following factors:
- Age 55 and up
- Smoking or chewing tobacco
- Unprotected sun exposure
- Drinking alcohol frequently
- HPV infections
- Suppression of the immune system
This dental group provides regular dental examinations, including pediatric and preventive care and orthodontic treatments when appropriate. Good oral practices may not completely prevent the development of cancer, but it helps to boost immunities and avoid other conditions that can develop inside the mouth. Most people do not bother to look closely at the inside of their mouth to understand when something is out of the ordinary. A patient that commits to regular visits with the Encino Esthetic Dental Group for restorative or cosmetic purposes creates more opportunity for a professional to spot any abnormalities.
"People may get the occasional sore or patch of discoloration in their mouth from causes unrelated to cancer, but it is a real warning sign that needs to be evaluated," the dentist said. "If a sore does not heal over time or a growth develops, the next step is to have it tested by a specialist that can determine if it is actually cancerous. Rather than wait on symptoms to get worse, our dental group is focused on early examinations for all of our valuable patients." Visit www.encinodentistoffice.com to learn more.
SOURCE Encino Esthetic Dental Group