Did you know April is Oral Cancer Awareness month? Your dentist in Fort Lauderdale is honoring the designation by reminding patients of the need for regular examinations. Dr. Kodish can perform a thorough screening at the end of your checkup and cleaning to increase the chances of early detection and successful treatment. This month, do something good for your oral and overall health — schedule a checkup, cleaning, and oral cancer screening at Kodish Dental Group!
About Oral Cancer
Oral cancer is that of the neck, tongue, cheeks, lips, or hard or soft palate. It often shows up as a lump, bump, or sore spot that will not go away. While oral cancer has historically been linked to older age and heavy alcohol and/or tobacco use, the incidence of oral cancer is rising along with the spread of the human papillomavirus. Today, oral cancer is occurring in younger and healthier patients than ever before. It is estimated that oral cancer claims the life of one person per hour in the United States.
Awareness about oral cancer remains low, but as the disease rises, the need for increased conversation surrounding oral cancer is high. During April, we encourage our patients to spread awareness — first by getting an oral cancer screening of their own, then telling friends and family about the need for routine examinations.
What Happens During an Oral Cancer Screening?
You don’t have to wear anything special or really prepare at all for your oral cancer screening. It is a visual and tactile examination that is performed at the end of your checkup and cleaning. Your dentist will begin by asking you a series of questions related to your oral health and any changes you may have noticed recently — like a change in the tone of your voice, symmetry of your face, or any sore spots or bumps that will not go away.
Dr. Kodish will thoroughly look over your face and inside your mouth to see if there are any visible signs of oral cancer. Then he will gently feel around your neck and cheeks, checking for lumps or bumps that indicate an issue.
If a suspicious area is located during the oral cancer examination, we will make a recommendation to help you receive the follow-up care you need. Dr. Kodish may suggest you visit our office again in a few weeks to see if a spot has gone away, or we may recommend you seek a biopsy right away. If the latter is advisable, we will refer you to an expert to ensure the procedure is performed with maximum success and comfort.
Request an Appointment Today
It’s April, the start of spring here in Fort Lauderdale, and also Oral Cancer Awareness month! Early detection of the disease increases the chances of successful treatment — and there has never been a better time to get an oral cancer screening from the family dentist in Fort Lauderdale. Schedule an appointment today!