Harford County dentist Dr. Melissa Elliott performs an oral cancer screening as part of routine preventive care at her Fallston dental office, Lazer and Associates Family Dentistry. Have you been screened?
Screening for this growing disease is important- if caught early on patients have a dramatically improved survival rate. Understanding the common signs and symptoms of oral cancer is also important for early detection:
- Persistent hoarseness
- Pain or difficulty swallowing
- Lump in the throat or neck
- Persistent earache- often in both ears
- Numbness in or around the mouth
- Lesion or sore that does not go away
Routine preventive care can not only help to support long term oral health, but is an important part of maintaining overall physical health and well being.
At Lazer and Associates Family Dentistry, family dentist Dr. Elliott seeks to create and maintain a long term relationship with her dental patients as a partner in their health care. Studies have shown the correlation between oral health and overall health: patients with poor oral health can be at greater risk of developing cardiovascular problems, diabetes and stroke.
Take the time this month, Oral Cancer Awareness Month, to schedule a visit with Dr. Elliott as part of a commitment to a healthier lifestyle!