Olivia M. Rodrigues DDS in North Highlands is dedicated to keeping your smile not only bright but healthy. Oral health is important to your overall health. Oral cancer screenings are a regular part of your routine dental exam
. Oral cancer can be a scary thing to experience and can be life-threatening if not caught and treated with time.
It is important to visit our dental office in North Highlands every six months to make sure that we can catch any oral health complications before they become more problematic, such as pre-cancerous conditions. Common signs of oral cancer are red or white sores, lesions, swelling, lumps, pain, or having trouble chewing, talking, or when moving the mouth or jaw becomes difficult. While these symptoms are not always sure signs that you have oral cancer, it is important to get looked at by our team of compassionate, expert dental staff to make sure.
Our dental staff is proud to offer oral cancer screenings as part of our routine dental exams. Preventative care is the foundation of good oral health. We take a comprehensive approach to your dental healthcare. In addition to checking your teeth by sight, your dentist may also feel the insides of your mouth and take an x-ray to check for any abnormalities.
Seventy-five percent of oral cancers are associated with certain lifestyle behaviors. To prevent oral cancers, you should avoid using tobacco in any form, lower alcohol intake, stick to a healthy meal plan, lower sun exposure, and wear sunscreen regularly. Visit Olivia M. Rodrigues DDS twice a year for oral examinations, regular screening, and cleanings.
While oral cancer may seem threatening, seeing your dentist regularly can prevent it from occurring. Catching it early can give you the appropriate treatment. Oral cancer is easiest to treat at its earliest stages. If you believe you are exhibiting signs of cancer, call Olivia M. Rodrigues DDS today for more information or to schedule an appointment.