Life-Saving Oral Cancer Screenings in Brentwood
Did you know that approximately 37,000 deaths worldwide could have been prevented with oral cancer screenings? Did you also know that when you visit your periodontist you can be (and possibly have already been) screened for oral cancer? As top Brentwood periodontists, Dr. Aalam and Dr. Krivitsy at the Center for Advanced Periodontal & Implant Therapy place oral health as their top priority. At their office, they provide oral cancer examinations as well as treatment for oral cancer. Mention any questions or concerns about your oral health to your periodontist and make sure you are screened for oral cancer on your next visit to the Center for Advanced Periodontal & Implant Therapy.
Why Are Oral Cancer Screenings Important?
Oral cancer or mouth cancer is not extremely common, but throughout the world, it does kill over a quarter of a million people each year. Those diagnosed with oral cancer, like many other cancers, have the best shot for success if the cancer is caught in the earliest stages. Your Brentwood periodontists have the upper hand in noticing abnormalities in your mouth and spotting oral cancer early. Symptoms for oral cancer typically occur in the later stages, so by the time you start noticing problems on your own, your oral cancer may already be progressing. If oral cancer is caught in a later stage, patients are at risk to have parts of their mouths removed. They are also, unfortunately, at risk for death.
There are various benefits to your Brentwood oral cancer screening. You will be seen by the highest quality of oral cancer inspectors, with the latest technology and education on how to prevent and treat oral cancer. Dr. Aalam and Dr. Krivitsky encourage questions and conversations in regard to maintaining your oral health and provide tips to better your chances for preventing oral cancer.
If you smoke, eat a poor diet or have very poor oral hygiene—it is important to not only receive bi-annual oral cancer screenings, but also talk to your Brentwood periodontists about improving your oral health. You will be encouraged to stop using tobacco products—as they are a major leading cause of oral cancer and a plethora other health issues. Dr. Aalam and Dr. Krivitsky will also recommend you fill your diet with fruits, vegetables ad whole grains, as doing so will help both your oral and overall health. Finally, for proper oral hygiene, you should brush and floss daily and see your dentist for check ups and cleanings bi-annually.
What Happens During an Oral Cancer Screening?
Oral cancer screenings in Brentwood are painless and take only a moment. At the Center for Advanced Periodontal & Implant Therapy, oral cancer screenings are completed during your regular dental check ups. Dr. Aalam or Dr. Krivitsy will visually inspect your mouth and check for any abnormalities. They evaluate the oral cavity, your tissue and the surrounding areas to spot unusual bumps. During your regular check ups, your dentist or hygienist will monitor any changes or lesions within your oral cavity. If they notice any issues, an oral cancer biopsy may be necessary to prevent the spread of cancer cells.
Contact Your Brentwood Periodontists
Stay on top of your oral health and prevent late stage oral cancer with regular oral cancer screenings. For your next Brentwood oral cancer screening, call (310) 299-8329 and receive the best care from Dr. Aalam and Dr. Krivitsky!