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April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month. It’s something most of us don’t think about, but this month we’re encouraged to do just that. Oral health affects the health of the entire body. During dental check-ups, a thorough dentist will give a complete oral cancer examination. Dr. Crane at Rendezvous Dental does just that.

A few years ago, Cale Case discovered just how important these yearly examinations are. Cale was diagnosed with stage 3 melanoma in 2014. Weeks before his visit to Rendezvous Dental, Cale had a complete check-up and body scans that found no cancer, but Dr. Crane’s examination found a lump under Cale’s jaw. A biopsy revealed that the cancer was back. Early detection and treatment may have just saved his life. To see the complete story, click here.

Dr. Crane emphasizes the importance of good oral hygiene and regular examinations as part of staying healthy.  “We encourage folks to come in twice a year.”

The American Academy of Oral Medicine lists signs and symptoms to look for in between dental visits.

Just remember, the dentist is your friend. Not only promoting healthy, happy smiles, but also overall health.