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The importance of regular Oral Cancer Screenings

Common cancers we hear about routinely, such as breast and colon cancer, are severe cancers with a high death rate. However, over 40,000 Americans are being diagnosed each year with another type of cancer that doesn’t always hit the headlines: oral cancer. Oral cancer accounts for approximately 100 new cases each day in the United States, and the rate is continually increasing. Drs. Loc Tong and Angela Rasmussen of Gentle Dentistry in Tampa, Florida, encourage patients to take a proactive approach toward getting a proper diagnosis as early as possible with routine oral cancer screenings.

What are the causes of oral cancer?

Two common pathways may lead to the development of oral cancer. The first is the use of tobacco and alcohol on a chronic or habitual basis. The other is exposure to the human papillomavirus-HPV16, often referred to as HPV. However, anyone is at risk of developing oral cancer, and routine evaluations are necessary to reduce one’s risk and diagnose cases early enough for successful interventions.

Is oral cancer screening necessary?

While oral cancer was only associated with smoking cigarettes and chewing tobacco, more and more individuals are becoming susceptible to developing oral cancer. Therefore, everyone needs to have regular oral cancer screenings. Also, when cancer is caught in the earliest stages, patients have the best chance of beating it.

What to anticipate during an oral cancer screening?

Our team at Gentle Dentistry uses the Sapphire Plus Lesion Detection Scope to look for signs of cancer. This device provides earlier detection than a physical evaluation alone. Any concerning growths or lesions in the mouth that might indicate cancer are biopsied to remove a sample and evaluate it further for cancerous cells. With a proper diagnosis, patients can then discuss their treatment options with their medical providers.

Where to go for oral cancer screenings

Patients in the Tampa, FL, area who are considering an oral cancer screening may be unsure who to visit. The dental team at Gentle Dentistry can help! The dentist at our practice integrates oral cancer screenings during routine visits and assessments when problems arise. If you live in the community and are considering an oral cancer screening, contact our team today at (813) 734-7102 and visit our facility at 3500 East Fletcher Avenue, Suite #221.

Dr. Loc Tong, D.D.S.

Dr. Tong

Angela Rasmussen, D.D.S.

Dr. Rasmussen

Dr. Loc Tong and Dr. Angela Rasmussen are the two experienced dentists at Gentle Dentistry, serving the communities of Tampa, FL.

Loc Tong, DDS, the practice owner, obtained his Bachelors of Science in Biology from Nova Southeastern University, his Masters of Science in Biomedical Sciences from Barry University and his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Howard University College of Dentistry in Washington, DC.

Dr. Tong is proficient in all facets of general dentistry and is particularly interested in implant and cosmetic dentistry. He is an active member of professional organizations, like the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, and Florida Dental Association. He is committed to serving underserved communities globally.

Angela Rasmussen, DDS, is an alumnus of Niagara University in Niagara Falls, NY, and State University of New York, Buffalo. She completed a General Practice Residency and was Chief Resident at University Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama. She received her Fellowship at the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) in Chicago, Illinois.

Dr. Rasmussen is a member of the American Dental Association, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, AGD, Academy of Osseointegration, Florida Dental Association, West Coast Dental Association, and Hillsborough County Dental Association. She is dedicated to continuous education and has received many industry honors.
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