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Oral Cancer Screenings in Ballwin MO

Preventive Dentistry Ballwin, MO

Preventive dentistry can help keep your teeth and gums disease and decay free and minimize the chances of your oral health adversely affecting the rest of your body.

A healthy mouth is more than just a bright white smile. Poor oral hygiene and neglect can lead to tooth decay and other, more serious issues.

Dental health is similar to caring for the rest of your body. Taking action to change your lifestyle to live in a healthier way, along with regular visits to the dentist can help educate you on the best practices to keep yourself healthy and find and treat problems early on.

In the case of oral cancer, early detection means better treatment options and a higher chance that you will make a full recovery. Find out more about how to keep yourself healthy and lower your risk of developing oral cancer.

What Is Oral Cancer?

Oral cancer is any cancer of the lips, cheeks, tongue, hard and soft palates of the mouth, sinuses, and pharynx. Cancer occurs when the DNA of your cells begins to mutate and these changed cells continue to replicate. Over time, cancer can even spread to other areas of the body.

As with most cancers, the early it is found, the better your chances are of a positive outcome. Oral cancer is very treatable when discovered early.

Signs and Symptoms

If you are looking for excellent dental care in Ballwin, MO, Dr. Kevin F. Postol and his team are an excellent choice. Regular dental checkups are essential to find and begin treatment of oral cancer when it is still in the early stages. Always attend your routine exams and contact us if you notice any of these signs and symptoms:

It's important that you pay attention to any new symptoms and seek out professional medical advice for proper treatments.

Risk Factors

There are some lifestyle habits and hereditary concerns that are known to increase the chance that you may develop oral cancer. These are:

Having several of these factors can further increase your risk. For example, heavy smoking and alcohol use combined greatly increase your chances. If you engage in either or both of these habits, cut back or quit them entirely.

You can minimize your risk of developing oral cancer, as well as other health issues, by changing your lifestyle. Start to incorporate colorful and fresh produce into your diet more often. Develop an exercise routine to help you lose weight. Limit your time in the sun, and always wear sunscreen and protective coverings.

Dr. Postol and his team can help to educate you and give you the support you need to follow through with these changes and improve your total wellbeing.

Screening Process

Screening is part of most routine dental checkups, so you don't need to do anything special to prepare.

Dr. Postol will begin the screening by conducting a visual exam to inspect for abnormalities and signs that further testing is needed. He will then use a gloved finger to do a physical check of your oral tissues, neck, and chest to look for lumps and other irregularities.

If anything of concern is detected, you will likely be recommended for additional testing. The types of tests that are needed depend on your oral health and the potential issues that have been identified.

A special oral rinse or screening light may be used. These treatments cause abnormal cells to change color. Other specialized testing includes exfoliative cytology, where cells are scraped from the area of concern to transfer to a slide to view, as well as a biopsy where a small number of cells are removed and sent to a lab.

It is recommended that you get screened for oral cancer at least once every three years when you are under 40 years of age, and every year after that.

Benefits of Oral Cancer Screenings

The good news is that with early detection, oral cancer is up to 90 % treatable. This is why it is so important to visit your dentist on a regular basis and take control of your health through preventative actions and lifestyle choices. The problem could continue to get worse and more difficult to treat the longer it is ignored or left undetected.

Screenings are part of a thorough and effective oral hygiene routine. Dr. Postol and his team are committed to your continued health and will gladly answer your questions, as well as educate you on good oral care techniques. If you haven't been to the dentist in quite some time, do something about it now! Dr. Postol's team is happy to accept new patients. We will do our best to put you at ease and make your appointment comfortable for you.

Get access to a whole range of skilled dental care, from routine exams to screenings and treatment of advanced tooth and gum problems, from Dr. Kevin F. Postol and his team. We can give you and your family the personalized care and treatment you need to stay healthy.

Take action now to lower your risk of developing oral cancer and dental concerns. New patients can make an appointment with Dr. Kevin F. Postol today. You will benefit from our caring and knowledgeable team who puts your health first and treats you like family!

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