Oral Cancer: Early Detection Saves Lives

In America alone, almost 50,000 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer each year. Of those people, only a little more than half will be alive five years from now. Because of its far-reaching impact on many families worldwide, April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month.

Additionally, many who do survive suffer long-term problems, such as severe facial disfigurement or difficulties with eating and speaking.

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One of the most attractive things about any person is their beautiful smile. Your smile is your signature way of greeting others and shows that you are healthy, happy, and take great care of yourself.

People with yellow teeth, missing teeth, and bad breath due to gum infections tend to leave a less positive impression on others, mostly because they tend to present as having low self-esteem. They also smile less because they are self-conscious about their dental issues.

In order to prevent unnecessary expense as well as tooth loss and oral cancer before it happens, it is crucial to schedule your dental appointment twice a year. At your dental appointment, Dr. Caye at Premier Dental in Lee’s Summit will inspect your mouth for signs of damage, such as loose or cracked teeth, periodontal disease, and oral cancer. He will take intraoral photos and x-rays to detect the early stages of tooth decay and prescribe a mouth guard if he sees signs that you are grinding your teeth. Finally, our professional oral hygienist will clean your teeth and gums. Afterwards, Dr. Caye may opt to seal any deep grooves or pits in your teeth with a sealant that prevents bacteria from settling in and causing additional decay that can lead to cavities and other issues.

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