Oral cancer is on the rise and Baltimore, MD dentist Dr. Jonathan Silverman is working to raise awareness of the too often fatal disease. Frequently under-diagnosed, oral cancer affects nearly 45,000 Americans a year. Preventative oral care is the best way to allow for early diagnosis of oral cancer for a chance at effective treatment. Dr. Silverman provides oral cancer screenings as a standard part of oral health exams.
Oral Cancer: Know Your Risks
Anyone could develop oral cancer, and everyone should be screened at least twice a year. However, there are lifestyle habits, predetermined factors that may increase your chance of developing oral cancer. If these risk factors apply to you, be sure to watch for changes in your oral health and visit the dentist at least twice a year for professional oral cancer screening.
- Tobacco: Any form of tobacco use increases your risk of oral cancer. Smoking, vaping and chewing have all been shown to increase oral cancer.
- Alcohol: Drinking excessively, especially in combination with smoking has shown to increase cancer rates.
- HPV: Exposure to the Human Papillomavirus or HPV increases the risk of oral cancer. There has been a recent rise in HPV in young patients, and dentists are starting to see oral cancer in patients as young as 20.
- Diet: A diet high in fat and processed foods has been linked to higher oral cancer rates. A healthy diet based on vegetables and fruits and whole grains helps to reduce your risk of oral cancer.
Oral Cancer Screening Baltimore, MD
Oral cancer screenings only take two minutes, are non-invasive and virtually pain-free. A visual screening of your oral tissue, Dr. Silverman can spot early signs of oral cancer in places you can not see yourself. In between regular checks from Dr. Silverman, it is also important to notice if you spot a change in your oral health. If it persists for more than two weeks contact our Baltimore, MD dentist office.
- Thickening of soft tissue
- White or red patches
- Lump in the throat
- Difficulty swallowing or chewing
- Hoarseness or soreness
Schedule An Oral Cancer Screening Baltimore, MD
Schedule a dental check-up for you, and your family members. Regular visits to Dr. Silverman may also help diagnosis complex oral health concerns in the earliest stages when they can be addressed with conservative dental treatments. Remember to also brush and floss twice a day to keep your smile bright and healthy!