Oral and Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Month
Because April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month we wanted to stress once again how important it is to get periodic routine dental exams.
Dental exams every six months really can save lives. At Timbercrest Dental Center, Dr. Luther looks at more than just your teeth. He’ll do a visual and tactical external and oral screening which encompasses your teeth, gums, tongue, cheek, palate, floor of the mouth, lips, lymph nodes, throat and jaw joint. Periodically, a Panoramic radiograph (x-ray) will be recommended to allow him to see the entire jaw bone, tips of the roots of all the teeth, the jaw joint condyles and sinuses, and to check for cysts, tumors, abscesses, bone loss, faulty restorations, etc.
The sad fact is, oral cancer takes the life of one American every hour; because of this, your dental office often serves as a first line of defense against oral cancer.
At your initial and each periodic exam, Dr. Luther and staff will perform a visual screening to determine if there are any changes to your oral health. While most oral “sores” or “lesions” are harmless, there are some that may require additional testing to rule out a dangerous change. Dr. Luther will determine if further testing is needed. Read More »