At the dental practice of Lis Bradley, DDS we want the families from our community to be aware of oral cancer and how to prevent it. Heavy smoking and drinking do increase the risk of oral cancer, but oral cancer can still occur if someone never smokes. The human papilloma virus (HPV) was recently found to be responsible for most oral cancers that originated in the back of the mouth. Because there is no way to predict cancer, you should ask about an oral cancer screening with each dental checkup.
To screen for oral cancer, Lis Bradley, DDS will conduct a visual exam, and use an ultraviolet light to see any irregularities inside the mouth. This can be done quickly in addition to any appointment. Regular screenings are the best way to protect yourself, but always contact us if you notice any inexplicable pain, swelling, or numbness in your throat or jaw.
To learn more about oral cancer screenings all the services provided at the practice, visit www.lisbradleydds.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Lis Bradley, DDS in Brentwood, TN, call 615-778-0810.