How to Prevent Oral Cancer
Oral cancer kills one American every hour.
We take our responsibility to screen for oral cancer very seriously. At least once a year, an oral cancer screening is required.
If not detected early, the survival rate drops very quickly. The mouth is the gateway to the body. The tissue and area surrounding the oral cavity has extremely easy access to the rest of the body.
Medications are quickly absorbed under the tongue and for this reason there are advantages. If cancer begins in the oral cavity, the cancer can spread to other areas of the body faster if malignant.
Oral ID Fluorescence
At Hales Parker Dentistry in Ladera Ranch we use Oral ID fluorescence technology to help in the early detection of oral cancer. The specific wavelength of light that is used can spot suspicious areas in early stages to help determine if a biopsy is necessary or indicates an area that needs to be watched with subsequent visits to our dental office for any sign of growth or changes.
With our comprehensive evaluation, we check the palate, the throat area, the cheeks, and especially the sides of the tongue. 40% of oral cancers are found in those that do not have the traditional risk factors.
Schedule your oral cancer screening today
We feel everyone should be screened yearly. That is why we ask it on our health history form. When was your last oral cancer screening?
Dr. Parker and his Ladera Ranch dentist team are passionate about your overall health. Schedule an oral cancer screening today to get peace of mind that you have a team that is dedicated to providing you the optimum in care and expertise if you are in the Mission Viejo – Rancho Santa Margarita area!