The doctors and staff of All Coast Dental take pride in serving the families from our community and looking out for the condition of your smiles and oral hygiene. We also screen for oral cancer, and it is important that you and your family are aware of oral cancer and how to prevent it. Oral cancer screening may not be the most common reason you’ve visited a dentist, but regular screenings are the best way to protect yourself.
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. Your dentist will conduct a visual exam, and may use an ultraviolet light to see any irregularities inside the mouth. Always contact us if you notice any inexplicable pain, swelling, or numbness in your throat or jaw.
To learn more about oral cancer screenings and all the services we provide at our practice, visit www.allcoastdental.net for more information. To schedule an appointment with one of our doctors at All Coast Dental in Pacific Beach, CA, call 858-270-4904.