Dental Xtra and Oral Cancer

Each year, about 49,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with oral cancer. Periodic oral cancer screening exams can lead to early detection and improved outcomes. In addition, fluoride treatments may reduce the risk of side effects from previous oral cancer treatments.

Why is it important to see my dentist if I’ve been diagnosed with oral cancer?

Radiation treatments for oral cancer can result in rampant tooth decay and salivary gland dysfunction.2 Persistent dry mouth increases your risk of infection and compromises speaking, chewing and swallowing.2 With your Dental Xtra benefits, you can visit your dentist to watch for and treat these issues, as well as for fluoride applications and more frequent cleanings to help reduce the risk of cavities.

  1. Oral Cancer Foundation. (2017). Retrieved from oralcancerfoundation.org.
  2. National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. NIH Publication No. 09-4372. Oral Complications of Cancer Treatment: What the Dental Team Can Do, (July 2014)