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Century Dental
Phone: (971) 708-1608
2831 SE Cornelius Pass Rd.
Hillsboro OR 97123

Jeff R. Call, DMD, FAGD, FICOI
Dix C. Densley, DDS, FAGD, FICOI

Oral Cancer is not just for Older People

Posted on 5/5/2015 by Dr. Call

A dentist looking for signs of oral cancer inside a patients mouth. Since the time of learning how to brush you have been told the horrific diseases and nasty things that would happen if you were to ever stop brushing them. Cancer, like many other serious conditions, can happen to anyone, age is definitely not a factor. Age may not matter, but habits do. The habits that you have as adults, and even a few as adolescents, can lead to oral cancer.

Who Can Get Oral Cancer?

You may not always be aware of what is happening inside of your mouth. For this reason, you should continue to see a dentist at least once every six months, and even more if you participate in habits that could higher your risk of getting oral cancer.

It does not matter if you have your natural teeth, veneers, or a full set of denture, you are still at risk of getting oral cancer if you participate in any of the following:

•  Consume excessive amounts of alcohol
•  Using smokeless tobacco
•  Smoking cigarettes, cigars, or out of a pipe
•  Oral cancer runs in your family history
•  Being exposed to the sun for long amounts of time (it does not matter what age, but the younger the age the higher the risk)

There are several things that you should do if you feel as if you have oral cancer, one of them is to seek help immediately. The quicker it is caught, the easier it is to treat.

Conducting an At-Home Self Examination for Oral Cancer

A large population of the world has a risk of developing some type of disease or condition because of genetics. Genetics may play a part in your risks, but your habits can have an even greater impact. Therefore, it is ideal to know how to examine yourself for the ones you can catch early on. Conducting an at-home self-examination for oral cancer can be as easy as looking in a mirror. In fact, you will be looking at your mouth in a mirror majority of the time. Hand held mirrors are ideal for this purpose.

By shining a light inside of your mouth, and looking in the mirror, search your mouth completely to check for any abnormalities. This can be small discolorations or bleeding, open sores. Once you have checked everything, including your tongue, the roof of your mouth, underneath your tongue, gums, and inside of the lips you can begin to feel around in these areas for bumps or lumps. Upon finding any, contact your dentist immediately.

Treating Oral Cancer

If found, oral cancer treatments will include surgery. This surgery consists of removing the growth of cancerous cells. After surgery treatments includes chemotherapy and radiation to prevent and destroy cancer cells. It can be a very long and painful process. It is best to do everything that you can to lower your risks of getting oral cancer. Brushing and flossing regularly, twice a day or once after every meal, can help to keep your risks down. Cutting back if you smoke and drink can also be a big help in lowering the risks.

The foods that you consume can play a major role in what happens to your body. Foods that are bad for your teeth and gums should be avoided if possible. Any particles left behind can seem harmless at first, but eventually grow and create problems for your mouth. Even if you cannot floss or brush your teeth, try to rinse after each meal. Rinsing in between can help wash away any bad bacteria in the mouth until you can brush.

If you feel as though you may be at risk for oral cancer, or have not had a screening done, please contact our office today at (971) 708-1608. The earlier it is detected, the better chances of having successful treatment.
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Century Dental Creating the Smiles You Dream of!

Welcome to Century Dental, where we make your beautiful smile our business! Dr. Densley and Dr. Call have teamed up to create the driving force in the dental industry of the Pacific Northwest. We have put together a team of highly skilled, professional staff.

Hillsboro Family Dentist

We take great pride in creating a comfortable and friendly environment where our patients can have a positive dental experience. Located in Hillsboro, our office is easily accessible as it is right off of Oregon Route 8. We have gone to great lengths to make sure our office is both state-of-the-art and also comfortable and inviting.

Services Offered

Preventive Dentistry

We are passionate about preventing problems before they start. We do so by educating our patients about what positive dental habits they can be forming and having our patients visit us twice a year for exams and cleanings.

Restorative Dentistry

We understand that often, due to circumstances outside of your control, your mouth may need restorative actions taken. That’s why we offer a bevy of restorative procedures to bring your smile back to it’s original luster.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Frequently we hear that the procedures that make the biggest difference in our patient’s smiles are cosmetic in nature. Whitening, veneers and Invisalign® are just a few of the cosmetic procedure we offer!

IV Sedation

For those patients that need more than just oral sedation we offer what is often called “sleep sedation”. If anxiety is an issue or if the procedure calls for it we can easily place you under full anesthesia to ensure that you rest peacefully through the whole thing.

Dental Implants

If you have lost a tooth or are looking at tooth removal as an option, dental implants are the most highly recommended form of replacement for teeth. Dental implants involve inserting a titanium post into your jaw which will fuse with your bone structure. The post will be topped with a crown made specifically to fit your bite. The result is a form of tooth replacement that looks and acts exactly as your real tooth would. It even prevents bone loss, which is a common side effect of tooth loss.

Dental Technology

We are happy to use a great variety of cutting edge technology in our practice. Digital X-rays are one of our staples in dental tech. Standard X-rays can take time to view and process but with the advent of digital X-rays we can view the inner workings of your mouth almost instantly. We are also able to take higher quality X-rays that allow us to detect things like tooth decay within the tooth, cysts, tumors, and impacted teeth. Further, the radiation you receive from a digital X-ray device is about 1/5th that of a standard X-ray.

We also offer intraoral cameras and ultrasonic scalers. The intraoral cameras aid us in detecting any issues within your mouth that may need further dental attention. Ultrasonic scalers are by far the most effective method for removing built up plaque and tartar that has accumulated on teeth.

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