Nov 14, 2016

Visiting the dentist twice a year could not only keep your smile healthy, but it could save your life. Oral cancer cases have increased in recent years and those with the highest risk, are least likely to go to the dentist. Cancer diagnosis have increased 61% in the last four years according to data collected by Fair Health. The eighth most commonly diagnosed cancer in America, oral cancer occurs more frequently in men over the age of 46.

The best fight against oral cancer is early detection. The American Dental Association recommends regular visits to your dentist for oral cancer screenings. Dr. Bard Levey performs an oral cancer screening at every comprehensive oral exam. Regularly scheduled preventative visits to our Croton on Hudson dentist office may be your best defense against complex oral health concerns.

In the article, Rising Claims Reflect A Need for Better Oral Cancer Detection, Robin Gelburd, president of FAIR health, discusses the rise in oral cancer and who is at risk.

Oral Cancer Screenings Croton on Hudson

Cancer screenings are painless and noninvasive. Dr. Levey implements the most advanced dental digital diagnostic tools to find oral cancer in the earliest stage. By evaluating your mouth using Velscope, Dr. Levey can detect early signs of cancer that could be life saving. With years of experience and advanced training, Dr. Levey is well versed in the detection and diagnosis of oral cancer.

Dr. Levey recommends oral screening for every adult patient. Any one could develop oral cancer and catching it early is your best chance at fighting it. However, there are risk factors that make certain patients more susceptible to oral cancer. If you know that these risk factors apply to you, you may want to come in more frequently for oral cancer screenings.

Risk Factors

  1. Tobacco Use Of Any Form
    Cigarettes, pipes, cigars, vaping, chewing tobacco and snuff.
  2. Heavy alcohol use
  3. Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

The American Cancer Society believes that the rising numbers may be linked to the growing use of smokeless tobacco and contact with HPV. If you believe you may be at high risk for oral cancer, be sure to schedule a visit to our Croton on Hudson dentist office.

Croton on the Hudson dentist Dr. Levey wants you to have a healthy, functional smile your whole life. Preventive care can help diagnose oral cancer, periodontal disease, and can catch other complex oral health conditions in their earliest stages. Early diagnosis can provide Dr. Levey the ability to offer the most conservative dental care to restore the function and health of your smile.

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