A Visit to Your Dentist May Save Your Life

In today’s increasingly busy world, you probably don’t place much importance on a trip to the dentist. Between juggling work, kids and that never-ending to-do list, a visit to the dentist is not on your radar. When you have project deadlines, your child’s birthday to plan and weeks of laundry piling up, how could it be?
What if a dental exam was much more than a cavity-spotting expedition?

What if it could save your life?

Many people don’t associate cancer detection with a dental exam. Oral cancer isn’t on the average person’s radar. Would your priorities shift if you knew that 8,000 Americans die each year from the disease? I’d hope so. The good news is, with early detection, survival rates for oral cancer are considerably higher.
What is the most important step in detecting oral cancer? The one thing that’s been on your to-do list for months: a dental exam. Knowing what to look for between checkups is also critical. Below is a list of common signs that you should look out for the next time you brush:

  • unusual spots
  • unexplained tender areas in your mouth
  • a feeling like something is stuck in your throat
  • thickening of the tissue in your mouth or neck

More good news: unlike a colonoscopy or mammogram, a screening for oral cancer is usually quick and painless. You’re in and out of the office quicker than you can drive to work in the dead of a Canadian winter. And the best part? The piece of mind you’ll have knowing that you’ve taken every precaution to be cancer free.
Don’t put it off. Ask your dentist for an oral cancer exam at your next regular checkup.