April is oral cancer awareness month and Charlotte, NC family dentist Dr. Richard Van Gurp is doing his part in raising awareness. Oral cancer can be life threatening, and often goes undiagnosed until the later stages. Oral cancer can be difficult to spot on your own, making it essential to visit the dentist twice a year for oral cancer screenings.
Vizilite Oral Cancer Screening
Dr. Van Gurp provides oral cancer screenings at all biannual dental checkups. Our Charlotte dentist office uses cutting-edge technology for the most comprehensive oral health care. Vizilite is a special light Dr. Van Gurp uses to better detect signs of oral cancer. Early diagnosis is key to conservative and effective treatment of oral cancer. Oral cancer screenings take only a few minutes and are virtually pain free.
Oral Cancer Symptoms
It is always a good idea to stay alert of any changes in your oral health. Self exams can help you spot changes for early diagnosis. Check all soft tissue surfaces at least once a month for the following signs:
- Red or white patches
- Difficulty swallowing
- Thickening of the soft tissue
- Lump in the throat
While self oral exams can help, it is important to remember that is may be difficult or impossible for you to spot oral cancer in your own mouth. Dr. Van Gurp is a trained and skilled dentist who has the knowledge and experience to properly diagnosis complex oral health concerns. Regular visits to the dentist can help maintain your oral and overall health.
Schedule A consultation
Regular visits to the dentist every 6 months can help keep your oral health in check. Dr. Van Gurp will work with you to build a comprehensive treatment plan to restore your oral health, and build a beautiful smile. Contact our Charlotte, NC dentist office today or schedule a consultation online.