Oral Cancer: Pathways for Prevention

The idea of something not going quite right with your oral health is never an enjoyable thought. This is particularly true when it comes to protecting yourself against oral cancer – you know that action is the best solution for prevention but you’d probably rather not think about it. Unfortunately, if you ignore a problem and allow it to flourish, you will find yourself in a much more dire situation than if you had detected the issue early in development. What’s this mean? Your best solution is to practice consistent dental care and to let us know if something seems to have changed with your oral health. Consider our following suggestions, so you can keep your smile healthy and comfortable:

Schedule Consistent Preventive Visits

First things first, it’s important to schedule six-month preventive visits with your general dentist. You see, oral cancer and other common oral health problems are not necessarily easy for you to detect on your own. Furthermore, they’re not easy to detect the moment they begin. True, you may recognize a bump or inflammation once it occurs, but that may not happen until a problem like oral cancer has been progressing for quite some time. Rather than waiting for a problem to flourish, we encourage you to stick with prevention, so you may receive immediate treatment.

Visit Us For Oral Pathology

Rest assured, even though we feel strongly about preventive dental care when it comes to oral cancer, we also understand that one of the following may happen: You have been too nervous to schedule a visit, you suffer from dental anxiety, care has not matched your budget, or you suddenly developed a concerning symptom even though you are quite consistent regarding your dental checkups. If so, we urge you to visit us for oral pathology. By quickly assessing the change in your mouth, we can either determine that your concern is benign or immediately offer the appropriate oral cancer treatment to restore your oral health.


Dr. Shawn Hofkes and the staff at Cerritos Dental Surgery are highly qualified to address complex issues, including those that require oral surgery to correct. To schedule an appointment or consultation with Dr. Hofkes, contact us today by calling 562-584-4082. We proudly serve patients of all ages from Cerritos, Lakewood, Long Beach, Buena Park, and all surrounding communities.