Importance of Oral Cancer Screenings

Although often associated with tobacco use, oral cancer is becoming increasingly widespread each year. Early detection of oral cancer gives you the best chance of fully restorative treatment. In addition to having a screening done every year, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk of oral cancer.

Solana Beach dentist, Dr. Robert Rosenfeld provides patients with oral cancer screenings as part of our general dentistry services. Oral cancer can quickly become serious, and our goal is to ensure you have a happy, healthy smile. Keep reading to learn more about the importance of oral cancer screenings with Dr. Robert Rosenfeld.

Oral Cancer: US Statistics

Did you know that an estimated 54,000 people may be diagnosed with oral cancer in 2021?  Fortunately, oral cancer can be detected early and effectively treated. Early detection can only happen when you come in for routine dental exams. 

The earlier we can catch oral cancer, the better. The rate of oral cancer survival goes up significantly if the cancer is caught in the early stages of development. By having an oral exam done every year, we can ensure better oral health and work on preventing the disease from progressing. 

Risk Factors and Symptoms of Oral Cancer

In recent years, doctors and dentists alike have reported increasing cases of oral cancer outside of older individuals who use tobacco. We now advise that everyone between the ages of 25 and 50 have oral cancer screenings once a year as part of their general dentistry checkups.

While you should have a screening completed every year, you should also be aware of the risk factors and symptoms associated with this concerning disease.

Some of the risk factors include:

  • Age—especially in patients 40 and older. 
  • Tobacco use. 
  • Excessive alcohol consumption.
  • Human papillomavirus, or HPV. 
  • A diet that lacks proper nutrition. 
  • Males are at higher risk. 
  • Constant sun exposure. 

The symptoms of oral cancer include:

  • Red and/or white patches within the mouth. 
  • Sores or spots that bleed often. 
  • Lumps inside the mouth. 
  • Pain when biting down. 

General Dentistry Solana Beach: Oral Cancer Screenings

Our goal is to make dental exams and cleanings a pleasant, helpful experience. We care about our patients and we offer comfort amenities so you can relax. Included in general dentistry, oral cancer screenings are quick and easy, and you can have them done right here in Solana Beach with Dr. Rosenfeld.

Contact Our Solana Beach Office to Schedule Your Exam Today

If you’d like to schedule an appointment, you can contact our practice at 858-755-1189 or contact us hereWe’re excited to meet you and show you how we make your oral health our first priority.