At Viva Dental Family Dentistry, we provide an array of general dental services. Our goal is to ensure the health and wellbeing of our patients and their families. Currently, we offer oral cancer screenings during routine checkups. Early detection helps increase the chances of recovery. In today’s blog, your Dallas dentist, Dr. Diep Truong, explains the importance of undergoing regular oral cancer screenings.

Importance of Early Detection

In the United States alone, over 42,000 people are diagnosed with oral cancer each year. Of that number, nearly 50% will not live through the next five years. Unfortunately, most cases of oral cancer aren’t discovered until the late stages. As a result, patients are unable to receive treatment during the crucial early stages, leading to a high mortality rate. In order to safeguard your health, you should always attend regular dental checkups.

Dental Checkups

The American Dental Association recommends adults undergo routine checkups and cleanings once every six months. During a checkup, Dr. Truong will use special screening technology to watch for signs of lesions or abnormal tissues. Once discovered, Dr. Truong may recommend a biopsy or remove the precancerous tissues. In many cases, smoking and excessive alcohol consumption leads to the onset of oral cancer. Even if you don’t smoke or drink, you should still receive an oral cancer screening, as 25% of patients with oral cancer don’t use tobacco products or drink alcohol. If you need a checkup or would like to undergo an oral cancer screening, contact Dr. Truong today.

Schedule an Appointment with Your Dallas General Dentist

Do you have any more questions about oral cancer? Then talk to your Dallas general dentist today Dr. Truong will address any questions or concerns you have regarding the diagnosis and treatment of oral cancer. Contact Dr. Truong, today by calling our Richardson office at 972-437-6000. Patients can also make an appointment with our West Dallas dentist office, near Cockrell Hill, Irving, and Grand Prairie at (214) 337-7800. At Viva Dental Family Dentistry, we offer our patients the latest in general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry. We are proud to serve patients in the 75211 and 75080 zip codes, and surrounding neighborhoods.