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Oral Cancer Screening in Bakersfield, CA

Oral cancer can be treated more successfully when diagnosed early. A five-minute oral cancer screening can make all the difference.

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The Importance of Regular Oral Cancer Screenings

Regular oral cancer screenings are essential for oral and overall health. Designed to detect early signs of oral cancer, the screenings increase your chances of successful treatment and reduce your risk of serious complications. And the good part: a comprehensive screening is quick, painless and takes less than five minutes.

Who is at Risk of Oral Cancer Screening?

Oral cancer can affect anyone, regardless of age or lifestyle. But some factors can increase the risk of developing oral cancer. These include:

  • Smoking or tobacco use
  • Heavy alcohol consumption
  • Family history of oral cancer
  • Excessive sun exposure

If any of these risk factors apply to you, schedule an oral cancer screening.

Important to Catch Early

Did you know that oral cancer is one of the deadliest forms of cancer, with a survival rate of only about 60%? That's why it's important to catch it early. Unfortunately, oral cancer often goes unnoticed until it's too late. That's why it's crucial to schedule regular oral cancer screenings with Stockdale Smiles Dentistry and Orthodontics. Our skilled dental professionals can detect early signs of oral cancer and help you get the treatment you need to stay healthy.

Dentist from Stockdale Smiles Dentistry and Orthodontics in Bakersfield doing an oral cancer inspection of her patient.

Statistics

  • Men are twice as likely to develop oral cancer as women.1
  • Tobacco use (including cigarettes, cigars, and smokeless tobacco) is the most significant risk factor for oral cancer.2
  • For all mouth (oral cavity) cancers: More than 75 out of 100 people (more than 75%) survive their cancer for 1 year or more after they are diagnosed. Around 55 out of 100 people (around 55%) survive their cancer for 5 years or more after diagnosis3

There is also this Stat Graphic, which says: According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 54,010 new cases of oral cavity and oropharyngeal cancer will be diagnosed in the United States in 2023.4

54,010

 New cases of oral cancer diagnosed in the United States in 2023

2x

Men are twice as likely to develop oral cancer as women

75+

Survive their cancer for 1 year or more after diagnosis

Why Choose Stockdale Smiles Dentistry and Orthodontics for Oral Cancer Screening?

When you choose Stockdale Smiles Dentistry and Orthodontics., you’re choosing a provider that prioritizes prevention and emphasizes the importance of early treatment when it can be treated more successfully. We use advanced, proven technology to deliver accurate examinations for an optimal treatment plan. Add an extra layer of smooth and painless preventative care.

Stockdale Smiles Dentistry and Orthodontics

11120 Stockdale Hwy Ste 103

Bakersfield, CA 93311

661-665-0080

 

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Experienced Oral Cancer Screeners

At Stockdale Smiles Dentistry and Orthodontics in Bakersfield, our skilled dental professionals perform comprehensive oral cancer screenings to detect early signs of oral cancer.

Dental Oral Cancer Screening

Early detection is key to successful treatment of oral cancer. Our thorough and painless screenings use advanced technology and techniques to detect any signs of abnormality, ensuring your ongoing oral health and wellbeing.

 

 

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Protect your oral and overall health by scheduling an oral cancer screening with Stockdale Smiles Dentistry and Orthodontics. With quick, painless screenings, our skilled dental professionals can detect early signs of oral cancer and help you get the treatment you need to stay healthy. Call our office in Bakersfield today to schedule your screening.

Dental Issues That Could Require Emergency Dental Care

  • Toothache or sever dental pain
  • Broken or chipped tooth
  • Lost or knocked out tooth
  • Swelling or infection in the mouth or jaw
  • A lost or losse orthodontic appliance (such as a bracket or wire)
  • Trauma or injury to the moth or jaw
  • Abscess or pus-filled pocket on the gums
  • A broken or lost dental restoration (such as a filling or crown)
  • Gum bleeding that doesn't stop

Oral Cancer Screening FAQs

  • Who should get an oral cancer screening?

Anyone can develop oral cancer, regardless of their age or lifestyle. However, certain factors such as smoking or using tobacco products, heavy alcohol consumption, a history of oral cancer in your family, and excessive sun exposure can increase your risk. If you have any of these risk factors or are experiencing any unusual symptoms in your mouth, such as sores, lumps, or patches, it's important to schedule an oral cancer screening with Stockdale Smiles Dentistry and Orthodontics.

  • What can I expect during an oral cancer screening?

During an oral cancer screening with Stockdale Smiles Dentistry and Orthodontics, our dental professionals will examine your mouth, throat, and neck for any abnormalities or signs of cancer. This may include a visual inspection as well as the use of special tools to examine your mouth more closely. The exam is painless and usually only takes a few minutes.

  • Is oral cancer screening covered by insurance?

Many dental insurance plans cover oral cancer screening as a preventative measure. The team at Stockdale Smiles Dentistry and Orthodontics can help you understand your coverage and answer any questions you may have about the cost of the exam.

  • How do I prepare for an oral cancer screening?

There is no special preparation required for an oral cancer screening with Stockdale Smiles Dentistry and Orthodontics. However, we recommend that you avoid smoking or using tobacco products, drinking alcohol, or using mouthwash for at least 24 hours prior to your screening.

  • How long does an oral cancer screening take?

An oral cancer screening with Stockdale Smiles Dentistry and Orthodontics usually only takes a few minutes to complete. Our dental professionals will work quickly and efficiently to ensure you are comfortable and informed throughout the process.

 

Sources

1 NU.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (n.d.). Oral cancer. National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. Retrieved April 14, 2023, from https://www.nidcr.nih.gov/health-info/oral-cancer

2Risk factors for oral cavity and oropharyngeal cancers. American Cancer Society. (n.d.). Retrieved April 14, 2023, from https://www.cancer.org/cancer/oral-cavity-and-oropharyngeal-cancer/causes-risks-prevention/risk-factors.html

3Oral Cavity & oropharyngeal cancer key statistics 2021. Oral Cavity & Oropharyngeal Cancer Key Statistics 2021. (n.d.). Retrieved April 14, 2023, from https://www.cancer.org/cancer/oral-cavity-and-oropharyngeal-cancer/about/key-statistics.html

4Survival for mouth and oropharyngeal cancer. Survival for Mouth cancer | Cancer Research UK. (2022, September 16). Retrieved April 14, 2023, from https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/mouth-cancer/survival