McKinney Dentist Promotes Oral Cancer Awareness Month

Thompson Dental is encouraging their patients and community members to receive regular oral cancer screenings in McKinney.

McKinney dentist, Dr. Ryan Thompson, and his dental team are promoting Oral Cancer Awareness Month, by encouraging their patients and community members to receive regular oral cancer screenings.

“Oral cancer is a silent killer in our country. Very few people understand its prevalence or seem concerned. It’s important that we all bring awareness to this disease, especially since it is more common than we may realize.”

McKinney Dentist, Dr. Thompson, recommends the following oral health methods that will help to prevent oral cancer.  Below are some effective ways to combat this deadly cancer:

  • Brushing and flossing on a daily basis
  • Limit sun exposure and wear sunscreen
  • Eat a healthy diet with fruits and vegetables
  • Visit our office at least twice per year for oral healthcare and examinations
  • Do not smoke or chew tobacco

These steps will decrease your odds of getting oral cancer. It’s important to realize even those without risk factors for oral cancer can suffer its consequences. Regular screenings by your dentist will help to detect abnormalities early on, leading to increased odds of effective treatment.

According to the CDC, this disease claims the lives of about 8,000 people per year.

 Dr. Thompson and his team in McKinney, TX are trained to detect any early warning signs. An oral cancer screening is a part of each and every comprehensive examination.  Dr. Thompson looks for tissue changes and areas of irregularity when conducting an oral cancer screening.  Other symptoms include; a lump of mass in the inside of the mouth or neck, pain or difficulty swallowing, speaking or chewing, or any wart like masses. If irregular cells are detected, Dr. Thompson may refer you to a specialist for a biopsy. 

Dr. Thompson enjoys helping his patients maintain oral and overall health. He is known in McKinney as a thorough and kind dentist offering a variety of dental health solutions.

Dr. Thompson believes that Oral Cancer Awareness Month is a very important time for the community. He encourages you to share this article with friends and family. If you’ve been avoiding the dentist, it’s important to have regular examinations and cleaning to prevent or detect periodontitis, decay and oral cancer. This month, and always, Dr. Thompson is encouraging his patients visit his McKinney dental office regularly.