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ORAL CANCER SCREENING in Boulder, CO

The Vital Role Of Oral Cancer Screening

Oral cancer screening is crucial for early detection and treatment. It covers cancers in the mouth, including the lips, tongue, cheeks, floor of the mouth, and throat. About 53,000 new oral cancer cases are diagnosed annually in the US. Early detection is key for successful treatment and better outcomes. It improves the chances of effective treatment and survival. Unfortunately, oral cancer is often diagnosed at an advanced stage, making treatment harder and reducing positive outcomes.

Oral Cancer Has a high mortality risk rate

At PeakView Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry, we encourage you to schedule an oral cancer screening today. If you have not yet taken this life-saving measure, you should. Oral cancer is a disease not frequently discussed. There are few, if any, advertising campaigns, walks, or fundraisers supporting its treatment. Still, oral cancer claims one life every day in the United States. The reason for the high mortality rate is that most people do not seek medical help until the cancer has advanced. As with all forms of cancer, early detection and treatment are critical to the ability to be cured. Therefore, the sooner you know that you are at risk for cancer or are developing signs of it, the better your chances are of beating it.

Dental Cleanings and Examinations for Children

Unfortunately, no. Most people never have an oral cancer screening, and this is why the cancer is not detected at an early stage. At our Boulder, CO dental practice, we suggest that you visit us for a screening right away if you have never received one. Otherwise, you can generally have this done bi-annually. If you live in or near the Boulder area, call (303) 578-5800 to schedule an appointment with our office.

How frequently should I have an oral cancer screening?

We recommend that you visit our Boulder, CO dentist office for your first exam. Based on your risk factors and what we see, we will let you know how frequently you need an examination. If you are a high-risk patient, we may suggest annual screenings.

Who is susceptible to getting oral cancer?

The common misconception is that only older men get oral cancer. It used to be that men got oral cancer at a 10:1 ratio to women. Over time, the statistics have changed, most likely because the habits of men and women are now more similar. With more women drinking alcohol and smoking, the published ratios are now 2:1. Recently, medical research has proven that some strains of the HPV virus also cause oral cancer. This has changed the way we look at this cancer and who we need to screen for it. The HPV virus can be contracted as early as the teenage years, meaning that both men and women, seniors and teens, could come down with this terrible disease. We recommend that all adults be screened for oral cancer. However, if you smoke, drink alcohol, or know you have the HPV virus, you should be particularly diligent about doing so.

Do We treat oral cancer?

No, at PeakView Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry, we do not treat oral cancer. We help to catch it. When it comes to cancer, early detection is of critical importance. It can literally save your life. Since we are the most familiar with how your mouth looks normally, we are prepared to identify any abnormalities. If we see anything that looks like pre-cancer or cancer, we will may perform a biopsy. This is where a portion of the tissue is taken from your mouth for further testing. In some cases, we may refer you directly to an oncologist in the Boulder area so they can perform further tests and then discuss treatment options with you.

When to call us?

You can be the first line of defense when it comes to catching oral cancer. We recommend that you spend a few seconds examining your mouth after brushing your teeth. All you need to do is run your tongue along your cheeks, gums, and the roof of your mouth. If you notice any rough patches, lumps or bumps, make note of it. Do the same thing a few days later. If what you felt was the result of being sick or eating food that was too abrasive, it should go away after a few days. When it doesn’t, you need to call our office for an oral cancer screening and examination. The other thing to watch for is teeth that move for no particular reason. If they are pushed out of place, something must have been pushing them. Occasionally, that something is cancer.

How can I prevent oral cancer?

The most important thing you can do for decreasing your risk is to stop chewing smokeless tobacco products. This is the biggest historical risk for developing oral cancer. While it is better for your lungs than smoking cigarettes, it can increase your risk for oral cancer by 60 times! You should also stop smoking all tobacco products and limit how much alcohol you drink. It does not appear that alcohol in limited quantities is dangerous, but if you drink regularly or binge drink, you are at a greater risk. You also need to limit your sun exposure and prevent sunburns whenever possible. As for the HPV virus, you should speak with your general physician to find out if you are a candidate for the vaccine. You may also want to be tested to find out if you already have the virus.

What does an oral cancer screening entail?

At PeakView Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry, we will look for signs of abnormal tissue. Typically, we will see visible symptoms like red and white bumps, hard lumps, rough patches, or changes in the position of your teeth. Much of the screening is done visually. However, we will also feel your cheeks and the inside of your mouth while wearing gloves. This is to identify whether or not you have any strange or hard lumps within this tissue. Remember, oral cancer can impact all areas of the mouth, so the examination must be thorough. Since technology is constantly improving, we may use other testing resources when you come in and will be happy to discuss the process with you when you visit our dental office. We guarantee that the test is gentle and that you should feel comfortable during it.

Meet Our Doctors

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Dr. Kwiatkowski

Dr. Adam Kwiatkowski, a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry, has received multiple awards for his outstanding achievements in cosmetic and implant dentistry. He is a recipient of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists’ Pre-doctoral Student Achievement Award and a member of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society.

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Dr. Hearne

Dr. Hearne, originally from Las Vegas, was inspired to become a dentist at the age of 12 by a close family friend who was a renowned dentist. With a foundation in customer service and excellence from his early career in the hotel industry, Dr. Hearne was further inspired to become a compassionate caregiver for his patients after the passing of his younger brother to cystic fibrosis at the age of 7.

Dr. Olsen

I was born in Ogden, Utah and always knew I wanted to pursue a career in healthcare. After serving an LDS mission in South Africa and getting married, I studied biology at Weber State University and attended the prestigious Creighton University School of Dentistry in Omaha, Nebraska. There, I received multiple awards for clinical excellence before settling down in St. George with my family.

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Pamela

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I am so grateful I found a dentist who provides excellence in every aspect of his practice. I can’t emphasize this enough. Truly impressed.

Dan Aweida

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Kian Shir

5/5
May 15, 2024
From the minute I walked in I was greeting with kindness, care, and exceptional treatment. Ellie is an extremely warm and welcoming person, and she made the whole dentist office experience interesting, comfortable, and a lot less stressful than expected. Dr. K and the whole team also deserve the most praise, as they are all diligent, kind, respectful, and educated individuals who truly show care for their patients/clientele. I not only left with exceptional treatment, but newfound friends. Thank you everyone!

Eric Dee

5/5
May 11, 2024
My experience today at PeakView was extraordinary. The staff I had the pleasure of meeting were all very knowledgeable, friendly, interesting, interested, warm and just wonderful. The interior is clean eclectic with the latest in technology. The views from the comfortable dental chairs were of the mountain range! A first class experience!

Lori Benvenuto

5/5
May 1, 2024
Things are moving along towards getting my implants placed. Each case is unique and specific. The staff is wonderful and explains the process well. I am so thrilled to finally move towards having upper teeth in my mouth. Thank you!!

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May 1, 2024
Super friendly and helpful! Helped me choose the best path forward with my dental care and were quick to fix any problems I was having!

Kimberly Howard-Borneman

5/5
April 24, 2024
My experience has been wonderful- Everyone in the office that has worked with me, treat me with genuine care, are friendly and explain each step of my procedures. I am getting my smile back and can’t thank them enough for everything. Will be sharing photos of my journey to restoring my smile soon!!

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You can rest assured that your smile and those of your loved ones are in the very best of hands at PeakView Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry As your dentist in Boulder, Colorado we maintain an unwavering commitment to excellence, providing skilled, state-of-the-art treatment to achieve exceptional results of care.

Complete Care for Your Family

You can rest assured that your smile and those of your loved ones are in the very best of hands at PeakView Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry As your dentist in Boulder, Colorado we maintain an unwavering commitment to excellence, providing skilled, state-of-the-art treatment to achieve exceptional results of care.

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