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Did you know an oral cancer screening is an integral part of your six-month checkup? Every year, an average of 42,000 Americans is diagnosed with oral cancer. Such frequent screenings are extremely beneficial for detecting early signs of oral cancer, which can ultimately save mouth and even your life.

Your oral cancer screening is a simple examination wherein Dr. Richard Healy and his expert team search for signs of oral cancer on your cheeks, tongue, gums and even in the throat. We look for red and white patches or abnormal sores and feel the tissues in your mouth for any lumps or other abnormalities. This is designed to be easy and painless for you. If we do detect any abnormalities, we’ll discuss treatment options.

All people can benefit from an oral cancer screening. However, those who use tobacco products, heavily consume alcohol, have high and frequent sun exposure, or have a history of oral cancer, are at an elevated risk of contracting oral cancer. If you are one of these people, these screenings are especially designed to help you. We also encourage you to do all you can to modify your lifestyle to prevent oral cancer and other health problems. You’ll be all the happier for doing so.

Would you like to know more about oral cancer screenings in Santa Maria, California? Don’t hesitate to call Richard Healy DDS at your earliest convenience. Just dial 805-928-3928 and our dental team will be more than happy to help you. We’re excited to tell you all we know about oral cancer screenings!