As we continue to navigate the current COVID-19 pandemic, it is important that we do not put off important dental care. As with all cancers, oral cancer is scary, but it can be identified early if you continue to maintain your twice yearly dental appointments.

It has been shown that oral cancers have about a five year survival rate that is as low as 60%. While it is scary to think about, it is vital to complete an oral cancer screening to protect yourself. Get checked for the disease today so you can rest easy knowing. Here are three reasons why oral cancer screenings should be part of your wellness checklist. 

It’s simple and easy to get 

Asking your dentist to check for signs of oral cancer during your next dental visit is super easy. All you have to do is ask! That simple ask can save your life. Don’t be afraid to speak up and ask your dentist for this examination or if you have any questions. 

It is such an easy task to complete. However, it can actually boost your chances of survival by at least 20% when oral cancer is caught early. Don’t wait. Ask now.

It doesn’t cost you

When you incorporate an oral cancer exam into your regular dental visit, there is no extra charge. Again, it’s that simple. The only added expense comes if any follow-up procedures are needed. 

This helps you stay proactive while ensuring your health is taken care of. These follow-up visits will go a long way in helping to ensure your health and well-being.

It’s better to be safe 

You might feel anxious or nervous to ask, but you shouldn’t. While asking is easy, it is also better to be safe than not. Even if you don’t have oral cancer, isn’t it better to know for sure? We think so. 

Contact us at Pinnacle Peak Family Dentistry in Scottsdale to schedule your next dental appointment and ask for an oral cancer screening.