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The Risks for Oral Cancer

A strikingly large number of people will be diagnosed with oral cancer each year, but the five-year survival rate is 85% when the cancer is detected early. Risk factors for oral cancer include tobacco use, alcohol use, alcohol-based mouthwash use, and chronic irritation of gums due to other factors.

During oral cancer screening exams, your dentist will check for lumps in the mouth, which may be early signs of oral cancer. He or she may also shine a special blue light in your mouth to find cancerous tissue. Under this light, normal tissue appears a different color from damaged tissue. Using this exam, a dentist can see if mouth tissue has changed. To find out more about oral cancer and risk factors, watch this video.

Call the top NYC dentists at Park 56 Dental today for an oral cancer screening. We accept almost every insurance provider, and are dedicated to providing a pleasant experience for our patients. Call (212) 826-2322 to find out more.

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