Sunday, July 26, 2015
The Role of a Dentist in Oral Cancer Treatment, Explained in Detail
A visit to a local dentist in Guelph and elsewhere is pretty straightforward, right? You come in and the dentist thoroughly scans your mouth for cavities so he can treat them. A host of other procedures he can do include teeth cleaning, applying preventive treatments like sealants, and identifying the tell-tale signs of gum disease. Afterwards, you settle the bill and go on your merry way. What you don’t realize, however, is that a dental visit is way more than that. A clinic director from the University of Minnesota stresses that while a routine dental exam is important for maintaining oral health, it’s also a good opportunity to detect oral cancer as early as possible. Dentists have a critical role to play in the treatment process, since oral cancer’s 5-year survival rate is a bit low (50 per cent), making early detection all the more important, and that dentists are the professionals who work most closely with the mouth.