Oral cancer occurring in the mouth, gums, throat, and on the tongue affects tens of thousands of people each year. This type of cancer is most likely to be found in people over the age of 40, and is twice as likely to affect men than women. Dental professionals like the endodontist at Linda Ricks, DDS, MS, PC will perform a routine cancer screening as part of their examinations and treatments.
Our endodontist, who specializes in pain-relieving root canal treatment, wants our patients to know that, despite misinformation to the contrary, our procedures do not cause cancer or any other illnesses. Quite the opposite: Our treatment is the only way to remove an infected tooth, thereby protecting the patient from being exposed to a serious illness or disease. At our clean, modern office, the long-term health of all of our patients is our Number One priority. Our state-of-the-art techniques, technology, and materials allows us to maximize the safety and comfort of each patient, no matter their age or the extent of the procedure.
There are a number of key factors that contribute to the likelihood of contracting oral cancer, with the top risk being tobacco use of any kind, including cigarettes, chewing tobacco, pipes, cigars, and snuff. Vaping has also been linked to a variety of oral health conditions, including gum disease, dry mouth, and a buildup of harmful bacteria that can lead to tooth decay and infections. Other oral cancer factors include excessive alcohol use, and prolonged sun exposure that increases the risk of lip cancer.
Our orthodontist at Linda Ricks, DDS, MS, PC specializes in saving our irreplaceable teeth and restoring them to good health. Nothing can look, feel, and function as well at the original equipment. If you’re experiencing tooth pain or have any questions about our treatments and procedures, please don’t hesitate to contact our office today.
By Linda Ricks, DDS, MS, PC
March 28, 2022