Why oral cancer screenings are so important for oral health and wellness

 

Oral Cancer Screening Houston, TXWhile many of us visit the doctor regularly for evaluations to screen for cancers, many don’t think about doing the same with their dentist. Oral cancer is a type of cancer that affects the tissues of the mouth and can have devastating effects if not diagnosed early and treated. At Royal Dental, we welcome patients in the area of Houston, TX to visit one of our eight practices in the community to have an oral cancer screening performed.

The Importance of Oral Cancer Screenings

As with many types of the cancer, the earlier it is diagnosed, the better chances patients have of living a long and healthy life with treatment. Oral cancer may develop in the oral cavity on the tongue, gum tissue, cheek, or throat. Many patients may be unaware that a sore in the mouth is a sign of cancer. Visiting the dentist on a regular basis is a great way to spot the early signs of cancer, especially if that dentist has state-of-the-art tools for diagnostics including the ViziLite Plus.

What is ViziLite Plus?

ViziLite Plus is a unique technology that uses a specialized light to shine into the mouth to make areas of possible cancer more visible. It is combined with a solution that patients use to rinse their mouth. Abnormal tissue is much easier for the dentist to spot and evaluate. Many times, a biopsy sample may be taken of the tissue and sent to a laboratory to check for possible cancerous cells. If diagnosed, patients can then work with their dentist and an oncologist to learn about their treatment options. Using today’s technology to diagnose cancer allows for early intervention and better results!

Schedule a Consultation

Call Royal Dental to book an appointment for an evaluation and oral cancer screening today to catch problems sooner than ever! Contact the front office team at (713) 330-7700 and schedule a visit at any one of our eight convenient locations in the Houston, TX area and surrounding communities. We welcome patients to take charge of their smile and monitor it for health concerns including oral cancer.

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