Oral Cancer: Are You at Risk?

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Cancer can certainly be a scary thing. Oral cancer is one form of cancer that is largely forgotten. Your teeth are necessary for a healthy smile, but you can’t ignore the health of the soft tissues in your mouth!

When you visit us at Cherokee Smiles, we make oral cancer screening an integral part of your examination. It’s that serious.

Oral cancer awareness is important, but you don’t need to be unduly paranoid! Carefully assessing your risk, making lifestyle changes, and maintaining your dental health will help you to lower that risk overall.

The Major Risk Factors

The following list is neither comprehensive nor conclusive. However, if one or more of these factors applies to you, then it is especially important for you to have regular oral cancer screenings.

Individuals with a greater likelihood of developing oral cancer:

  • Men
  • Those over 55 years of age
  • People who have had a lot of exposure to UV light (sunlight)
  • Tobacco users
  • Heavy alcohol drinkers

How Cherokee Smiles Can Help

Dr. Alan Horlick uses only the latest in oral cancer detection techniques. With the help of VELscope technology and thorough clinical examination, we’ll alert you to the presence of suspicious areas. Then we’ll put your mind at ease by having the spots carefully tested.

Oral cancer could develop for any number of reasons. But by learning more by visiting our experienced Cherokee Smiles team, you can lower your risk. We can empower you to take action sooner rather than later.

Contact our dental team today to schedule your consultation and oral cancer screening. Acworth residents deserve the best in preventive dental health care!