Every hour, one American dies from oral cancer.  However, it is one of the most curable diseases when caught in the early stages.  There are certain lifestyle factors that can put someone at higher risk of oral cancer, such as smoking, other tobacco use or alcohol abuse however, twenty-five percent of cases are in patients with no risk factors at all.  For this reason, we perform an oral cancer screening as part of your regular dental exam.  It takes just a few minutes and is easy and painless.