With every visit our team of experts perform a thorough oral examination and assessment. This is done not only to have a good game plan in place for your oral care, but also to screen for any indications of oral cancer. Scottsdale Dental Bottega uses the latest technology in assessing and screening of oral mucosal abnormalities, such as oral cancer and pre-cancer. To schedule your oral assessment, call Scottsdale Dental Bottega today.
Oral assessment q & a
what is an oral assessment?
An oral assessment is a thorough examination of your mouth. Our team carefully examines your teeth, gum tissue, tongue, and lips using a combination of specialized hand-held dental tools, magnifying lenses, and optically based fluorescence technology. The assessment is vital not only to ensure the overall health of your mouth, but also to screen for and identify any signs of oral cancer.
Do i need an oral assessment?
Oral cancer is now one of the deadliest forms of cancer in America. In fact, oral cancer claims a life every hour of every day in the United States. Early detection is one of the biggest factors in effectively combating this dangerous, and often life-threatening, disease. With the thoroughness and diligence you receive from your team at Scottsdale Dental Bottega, you can feel confident that if there are any signs of oral cancer, Anna Vaysman, DMD, and her team will notify you to provide the best possible chance for a full recovery. The Center for Disease Control actually recommends getting checked every year starting at age 18.
What are the main causes of oral cancer?
The main causes of oral cancer include:
- Chewing tobacco
- Excessive consumption of alcohol
- Family history of cancer
- Excessive sun exposure
- Human papillomavirus (HPV)
Even if you’re not a smoker or heavy drinker, experts estimate that 42% of adults ages 18-59 have HPV (most don’t even know they are infected). Also, the desert lifestyle of Arizona exposes residents to ultraviolet radiation that can cause lip cancers. Men are twice as likely as women to get oral cancer, especially as they get older in life. Most people find they have it after age 55.
If you fall into any of the categories listed above or if you would like a thorough oral assessment to just make sure that your oral health and mouth are in good condition, contact Scottsdale Dental Bottega today.