Oral Cancer Screening – Harker Heights, TX

Being Proactive Could Save Your Life

Many studies have revealed that as much as 30% of oral cancer cases diagnosed each year are found in patients who participate in none of the high-risk behaviors most closely associated with oral cancer. According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, the only way to decrease the number of annual deaths from oral cancer is to diagnose and treat it at earlier stages. Contact us and let us quickly examine your smile for the early warning signs during an oral cancer screening at our Harker Heights, TX dental office.


Why Choose Market Heights Family Dental for Identafi Oral Cancer Screening?

  • Utilize the Advanced Identafi Wand to Perform Screenings
  • Part of Every Routine Checkup
  • Catch Early Signs of Issues Before They Turn Serious

When Should I Get an Oral Cancer Screening?

Dentist looking at smile images during an oral cancer screening visit

Screening for indicators of oral cancer is one of the many invaluable services dentists can provide. We use Identafi, a tool that quickly and painlessly scans for oral cancer, often discovering early warning signs before visual examination alone. Patients rinse their mouths with a cleansing solution. Then, the dentist uses the Identafi wand to examine the mouth, looking for illuminated areas that indicate irregular tissue.

Risk Factors for Oral Cancer

Closeup of smile showing some of the common risk factors for oral cancer

We recommend visual and Identafi oral cancer screening every six months, but some patients may need more frequent exams including:

  • Men over 40 and women between 20 and 40
  • Those who use tobacco products or drink daily
  • Those with immune-compromising illnesses such as HIV or diabetes
  • Those who have HPV

Our goal is to diagnose and treat oral cancer in the earliest stages. If found early, there is an 80-90% cure rate for most forms. Schedule a preventive dental checkup and oral cancer screening with our trusted dentist in Harker Heights, TX today.