Stay Ahead of the Scare of Oral Cancer

If you’ve spent time looking at our website, you know that we’re committed to providing patients with the best possible oral health procedures and practices available in Chicago. Part of that commitment includes preventative dentistry. And while this form of dental care is not new, there is a new reason for patients to take it more seriously than in past years.

Oral Cancer is on The Rise

The patient is sitting in a dental chair with her mouth open professional dentist treat the teeth of woman patient in clinic in Chicago

There have been many studies in recent years that indicate the increase in oral cancer among all age groups. In the past, oral cancer was most commonly associated with older populations who used tobacco products, especially chewing tobacco. Then, in the not too distant past, it was noted that there is a direct correlation between individuals who’ve tested positive for the human papillomavirus (HPV) and an increase in oral cancer. And last, the use of vaping in recent years is also thought to contribute to the 4% rise in oral cancer according to the American Cancer Society.

That’s Why Green Tree Dental Includes an Oral Cancer Exam During Every Appointment

The only way to fight this increase is to stay ahead of it by catching it early. That’s why Dr. Lee and our staff perform an oral cancer screening on every patient who receives a dental exam or professional tooth cleaning in our comfortable Chicago dentist office. Also, because of the vast experience that Dr. Lee brings to his practice, he is always on the lookout for some of the tell-tale signs of that you may not notice at home, especially since this form of cancer can appear toward the back of the mouth – a place that’s difficult to see without professional dental instruments.

Have You Noticed Any of These Common Symptoms?

The most common symptoms of oral cancer include lumps, bumps, or rough spots in your mouth, unexplained bleeding from your mouth – especially your gums, a chronic sore throat, or a sudden change in the way your dental appliances are fitting. And although some of these symptoms could be a signal of a condition other than oral cancer, it is strongly advised that you make an appointment for an oral cancer exam so exact diagnosis and treatment can be provided.

There’s No Excuse to Delay Your Oral Health Care

Green Tree Dental offers convenient Saturday and late afternoon/early evening appointment times for even the busiest person. With that type of convenience, you don’t have an excuse to delay your dental exam in Chicago any longer! Book an appointment today with an affordable dentist near you. We look forward to meeting you soon.

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