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The Importance of Oral Cancer Screenings

Did you know that oral cancer is one of the most lethal cancers out there, killing almost 60% of those who are diagnosed? However, if diagnosed early, oral cancer can also have one of the highest survival rates – reaching as high as 80%. This wide disparity only emphasizes the need for regular and thorough oral cancer screening in dental patients.

Oral cancer is impossible to self-diagnose and once it becomes visible to the patient, it may be too late to successfully treat. In fact, most oral cancer, over 60% is not detected until in its latest stages.

If you are at a high risk for oral cancer, we recommend not only visual screenings by your dentist but also more thorough luminescent light screenings on an annual basis. Common risk factors for oral cancer include a previous history of cancer, patients over the age of forty, excessive alcohol consumption, any level of tobacco use, exposure to the HPV virus.

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Family Dental Group offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Hudson Valley. Our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Family Dental Group, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Family Dental Group.

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