Oral cancer is a common but serious condition that can affect your oral and overall health. It is estimated that nearly 41,000 patients will be diagnosed with oral cancer within the year. As such, it is essential that you undergo regular oral cancer screenings, especially if you are at high risk of the condition due to the use of tobacco products or heavy alcohol consumption. At Ridgewood Dental Associates we are dedicated to providing leading oral health care. By providing advanced oral cancer screenings using the latest technology at our Ridgewood, NJ, practice, we can help you protect your future.
Why Are Screenings Important?
Oral cancer screenings are essential to identifying oral cancer as early as possible and ensuring you receive swift treatment. Left untreated, oral cancer can cause:
- Emotional turmoil
According to The Oral Cancer Foundation, more than 13,000 patients die of oral cancer each year.
What Does an Oral Cancer Screening Entail?
An oral cancer screening can be performed during your routine dental exam. During the screening, your doctor will perform a visual and physical exam, followed by a quick evaluation using the ViziLite® Plus light-based detection system. This entire process typically takes only a few minutes and no notable discomfort.