Oral Cancer Screening
At every hygiene visit, our team at Bagley Family Dental will examine all the tissues in and around your mouth including your cheeks, gums, tongue, jaw, and lips. Many patients are surprised at the large amount of surface area that we examine during an oral exam. Receving regular soft tissue screenings is just as important as it is to have a professional dental cleaning.
Oral cancer can afflict anybody, although tobacco users put themselves at significantly higher risk than non-users. 3000 different chemicals exist in chewing tobacco, including the many of the same compounds that are used in embalming fluid and many pesticides. Unfortunately, cellular changes below the surface that lead to cancer are often undetectable until they have advanced to a critical or advanced stage.
Early detection and treatment of oral cancer can significantly increase your chances of successful treatment leading to a full recovery. 7,000 deaths result from oral cancer out of 30,000 cases diagnosed annually according to the American Cancer Society. If we suspect any unusual changes in your mouth tissue, we may suggest a biopsy and microscopic analysis by a qualified lab.
Many other non-cancerous changes can occur in and around your mouth, from benign tumors to autoimmune lesions. Dr. Bagley’s extensive knowledge of oral pathology allows for him to evaluate any abnormalities and determine if they should be monitored or removed.
At Bagley Family Dental, we understand tobacco products can hold strong addictive powers over even the most health-conscious people. If you're determined to quit, we want to support you in your efforts. Talk to our team in Greeley, CO about the strategies and resources we have available and allow Bagley Family Dental to help you kick your habit.