Did you know that in 2008 alone, over 35,000 people were diagnosed with some form of oral cancer? Despite those numbers, oral cancer remains one of the most curable forms of cancer, with a one-year survival rate of over 81%. According to the American Cancer Society, people over 20 should be screened for oral cancer every three years, and people over 40 should receive screenings annually. Early detection is key to potentially curing, and preventing the spread, of oral cancer. This is why at The Silverstrom Group, Livingston dentists, Drs. David and Gary Silverstrom, offer free cancer screenings.
The safety and health of our patients is very important. At every cleaning, our patients receive a free screening for oral cancer. This allows Dr. David or Gary Silverstrom to check for the early indicators of the disease. If any suspicious sores or growths are discovered, your Livingston dentists may proceed with a biopsy or recommend a specialist. The sooner the cancer is discovered, the greater the chances of recovery.
The VELscope System
This system allows Dr. David or Gary Silverstrom to detect any abnormalities that would otherwise be difficult to spot. VELscope uses a special blue-spectrum light to give soft tissue a fluorescent glow. This allows Dr. David or Gary Silverstrom to see precancerous or cancerous cells within the soft tissue of the mouth.
The Importance of Preventive Care
With proper preventive care, patients may potentially avoid the onset of certainoral cancers. Simple lifestyle changes can reduce the chances of developing oral cancer. Avoid tobacco products and always drink in moderation. Eat a proper diet, and maintain regular dental hygiene with routine brushing and flossing. Don’t forget to attend regular checkups and cleanings, and take advantage of our free screenings. Studies show that 25% of patients with oral cancer didn’t use tobacco products, so screenings are necessary even if you don’t drink or smoke. Taking care of your dental health also helps prevent gum disease, which if left untreated, often leads to oral cancer.
Schedule an Appointment with Your Livingston Dentists
Remember, our oral cancer screenings are not only free, but are also necessary to help ensure your overall health. Schedule a consultation with your Livingston dentists today and learn more about our innovative dental care. Contact The Silverstrom Group in Livingston, New Jersey by calling (973) 797-9345. The Silverstrom Group is located at 580 South Livingston Avenue, Livingston, New Jersey.