It may not seem like the most romantic Valentine’s Day Gift, but if a comprehensive dental examination with your dentist in East Greenbush turns up something that doesn’t seem quite right, your partner, BFF, mom, daughter, dad, or other loved one will thank you for it. Long after those flowers and chocolates are gone, your Valentine will remember the gift of life thanks to early cancer detection.
When you give a gift certificate for a comprehensive dental examination from Dr. J. Craig Alexander an oral cancer screening will be conducted to make sure that there is nothing abnormal going on.
Dr. Alexander and his team use the Velscope oral cancer screening procedure that is simple and painless. Using a blue light to help identify any oral tissue abnormalities, Velscope can help detect the early stages of cancer.
Some common signs to look for include:
• Chronic sores in the mouth
• Cheek thickening
• A lump in the cheek
• A numb tongue
• Loose teeth
• A change in your voice
• Chronic bad breath
• Chronic mouth pain
Although you and your Valentine may not talk about any of the above issues, look for any clues that he or she may be having signs of oral cancer or just come right out and ask. With early detection, oral cancer has a much better success rate.
A comprehensive oral examination gift certificate can also determine the health of your Valentine’s teeth and gums. Gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss and can be prevented if gingivitis or the more serious periodontal disease is treated. Tooth decay can also be a serious problem if a cavity doesn’t get taken care of. If left untreated tooth decay can cause infection, which could lead to an unnecessary root canal.
This Valentine’s Day, or any other day for that matter, give the gift of health with a comprehensive dental exam in East Greenbush. It really is the gift that keeps on giving.