Oral cancer screenings are a very important part of the dental visit for the patient. With advances in modern technology, dental hygienists are able to pinpoint the start of a potential problem much earlier in its evolution. The ability to do so is extremely important in the treatment of issues and the prevention of major irreversible problems.
The oral cancer screening is often completed with an ultraviolet light or similar device that affords a view of issues that can’t always be detected by the human eye under normal conditions.
Certain lifestyle choices can have a great impact on the health of tissues and overall health in the mouth. If you smoke, use smokeless tobacco, chew, or are a heavy user of alcohol, make sure to get regular screenings when you visit the dentist. It could save your life.
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