Your Twice-Yearly Dental Exams Could Save Your Life
If you have complete dentures or generally good oral health, your six-month dental exams may seem unnecessary, but that could not be further from the truth. At our Kirkland, WA dental office, we provide life-saving oral cancer screenings using VELscope to assist with early diagnosis of this serious and often deadly form of cancer.
Who Gets Oral Cancer?
Anyone can develop oral cancer, but certain risk factors such as smoking and alcohol consumption can increase your risk. As with many forms of cancer, the risk increases with age. Early detection dramatically improves the prognosis and can mean less severe or complex cancer treatments.
VELScope uses special lighting to identify early pre-cancerous cells and lesions in addition to advanced forms of cancer. If you notice abnormal mouth or lip wounds that refuse to heal, it’s time to get checked for oral cancer in our Kirkland, WA dental office.
If Dr. Jen Kim or our hygienist see areas of concern, our team will refer you to a trusted oral surgeon for a biopsy. In most cases, we can rule out oral cancer, but being safe and confident will put your mind at ease and protect your health.
Signs That May Indicate Oral Cancer
Remember, if you have doubts, call us to arrange a consultation and exam with Dr. Kim.
Meanwhile here is what to look for:
- A white or reddish patch that will not heal
- Lesions that do not go away
- Lesions that appear without an identifiable cause
- Mouth or ear pain
- Difficulty swallowing
- A growth or unexplained lump
- An irregular-looking freckle on the lips
- Unexplained oral changes
Your twice-yearly dental exams will indicate dental conditions that require professional care, and our dental team will use the latest technology to help you stay on top of your oral health at any age!