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We all know that regular dental checkups with your dentist here at Crozet Dentist in Charlottesville, Virginia, but there’s one particular aspect of these appointments that makes them even more critical to not miss.

But is oral cancer even something to really worry about? Is it so much of a problem that you need to focus on prevention?
Let’s take a look at answering those questions.

Why they’re important

Oral cancer screenings are important because, if caught early, it’s treatable and any damage caused can be fixed with relative ease. If you let the problems go, however, you put yourself at great risk for more serious complications, and oral cancer can even become life threatening.

What to look for

If you have a family history of oral cancer, or have had bad oral health in the past and want to keep an eye on things at home, there are a few things you can look for on your own that’ll help you diagnose the problem. If you have a persistent sore throat, unexplained bleeding, or red and white spots all over the inside of your mouth, you should call us right away. These are only three of many symptoms that may end up being precancerous.

Preventing oral cancer requires you doing your part with your oral health, as well as letting our team examine you during regular checkups to make sure everything’s in working order.

If you feel that you need a screening, call us today at 434-218-7072 to schedule one.