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Oral Cancer Screening

40,000 new cases in 2013. This increase is shown to have no correlation to patients who are regularly drinking alcohol, smoking, or using chewing tobacco, which causes an increased concern for earlier detection.

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Oral cancer can be a concerning form of cancer. It is often not noticeable with just a visual examination. Some patients may have oral cancer and may not be aware of it. In the earlier stages, it often does not cause a patient pain or discomfort. This is why an annual oral cancer screening is so important.

Oral cancer screenings consist of both a visual examination and saliva tests. Patients who notice any unusual lesions or sores in their mouth that do not heal on their own within a week or two are encouraged to schedule an oral cancer screening and examination with Dr. Kotecha and her associates. This early detection of oral cancer provides patients with a 90% survival rate.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that oral cancer screenings begin at the age of 17. This is because of the increase of HPV viruses that can be easily spread with sexual contact and can increase a patient’s risk for oral cancer.

Early diagnosis of oral cancer is crucial for the treatment of the condition, and many patients can experience a full recovery when found and removed. This is why Dr. Kotecha and her associates stress the importance of seeing a dentist regularly. If cancer is found, these patients should continue to undergo annual oral cancer screenings to seek the best recovery and early diagnosis if the cancer reappears. Once a year during regular examinations, Dr. Kotecha and her associates of Dentistry On 10 complete a thorough, extensive oral cancer examination along with her routine x-rays and cleanings. This allows her to familiarize herself with a patient’s mouth and immediately notice any unusual changes that may be occurring that a patient is not aware of. Patients are encouraged to schedule an appointment if they notice anything unusual that may indicate an oral health concern.

Want to learn more about oral cancer screenings? Call Dentistry On 10 today to schedule an initial visit and screening with Dr. Kotecha and her associates of experienced, caring professionals.

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Hi my name is Edgar and my patient here at Doctor Rena’s office with Associates have been coming to this clinic for over 2 years now And I find it very convenient because it’s near to my home coming in here It’s very warm and welcome. I like the atmosphere Doctor Rena put nice paintings on the Wall and then when you come. In you feel like you’re home because she has a a TV mounted on. The wall and You just Come in and relax for a while, while, you wait so that way you won’t get bored and it’s just easier way your you’re, your, nervousness or fear. If you have the fear as a child that as I’m going to the dentist. And did you have any problem with your teeth before you came to us? Only problem is that I, I, have no pain, just that I was Due for cleaning. So, I was very glad that that happened. So that way I can able to have my teeth cleaned because sometimes when you’re so busy in the life you have no time to take care of yourself. So, I’m glad that I came today and, and, what is Important to you in a dental office? Well, I pointed to a dental office that dumb Coming in here you feel comfortable. The staff will welcome you. With great and happy smiles. That way when you come in here as a new patient, or if you’re having a bad day, be accepted like, like, you, you take away Your, your, , your problems or something Like that angriness. And how did you feel about your treatment today? Today I feel good, I feel. Like a new person. Thanks to my hygienist she was able to clean my teeth with the feeling just her gentle hands and I didn’t feel no pain today and I’m so glad. And would you recommend us to others? Yes, because like I said in the beginning, when you come in here, it’s so friendly, a family, family, oriented place and have television that way when you come in, you, you, you, don’t sit down and feel bored or you think oh what’s going to happen to me today. You get to watch televisions and we should have a, a, movie going on. Okay, thank you so much. Thank you. You are welcome.

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Meet Dr. Rina Kotecha

Dr. Rina Kotecha is a graduate of the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. She possesses 19 years of expertise in the dentistry field specializing in general dentistry. She has further qualifications from the MGE Executive Training Program and Master Implant Training Program while holding certification in Soft Tissue Management Program by DenMat. She completed the Rondeau Seminars in Level I Orthodontics and she is an active member of the Ontario Dental Association and Ontario Dental Implant Network.