Our top priority at Mayfair Family Dentistry is to provide high-quality services to our community. That means that we work diligently to provide you and your family with services that fit your needs. Preventative care is something that is important to us. Preventative care works to catch dental issues when they are still in their beginning stages in order to minimize damage.
Oral Cancer takes the lives of approximately 8,000 people in the United States each year, approximately 30,000 people are diagnosed with Oral Cancer each year, and the 5-year survival rate is only 50%. Those are some fairly startling statistics. However, with early detection, the 5-year survival rate increases to 80%. Your chances of surviving are drastically increased when the cancer is detected within the early stages. Thanks to oral cancer screenings, this is now a possibility.
Oral Cancer can be detected by a dentist by one or both of these methods. Visual exams can help dentists detect Oral Cancer. That is why going to your routine dental check-ups is so important. Dental check-ups can help prevent dental issues that cause harmful, and sometimes permanent or life-threatening, damage to your body. For example, Oral Cancer is one of those harmful things that can be life-threatening. Newer technology is now available to dentists which allows for the second detection method, Velscope technology. Velscope technology uses a blue excitation light to find abnormal epithelial tissues and underlying stromal disruptions.
It is important to stay on top of your oral health, so you can catch diseases such as cancer early on. If you smoke, use tobacco products, or drink alcohol, you are at a higher risk of getting oral cancer. Oral cancer takes as many lives as skin cancer and more than cervical cancer, so if you have access to oral cancer screenings, we strongly recommend that you take advantage of that. At Mayfair Family Dentistry, your oral health is important to us, and we are ready to do whatever it may take to help you with your dental needs. Schedule an appointment at our clinic, located on Frankford Avenue in Philadelphia, PA, today!