Written By Dr. Kyle Griffith
I start off every comprehensive examination by saying, "I'm not your dermatologist but I see a lot of people and I am just keeping an eye out for you." I then examine a patient's scalp, face, neck and ears for signs of pathology. After only a short time here in Denver, going on ten months, my team and I have referred several patients to their primary care physician or dermatologist.
My team's attention to detail has led to the early discovery of three basal cell carcinomas and one squamous cell carcinoma. Skin cancer, folks! 75% of initial basal cell carcinomas are found on the face. What we are doing here at 58 Dental, unfortunately, is not common practice. We are taking the time to perform a comprehensive examination to include areas surrounding the oral cavity.
I am a physician of the mouth, not just a "tooth doctor." This means examining and treating a patient holistically. It makes no sense to worry about a crooked tooth or if veneers can fix the spaces between a patient's teeth, if that person has cancer. That makes sense, doesn't it?
The American Cancer Society recommends that a health care provider examine your skin every year if you are older than 40 and every 3 years if you are 20 to 40 years old. How often do you see your primary care physician or dermatologist? You probably see your dentist more often than your other healthcare providers. This is exactly why I say, "I'm not your dermatologist but I see a lot of people and I am just keeping an eye out for you."
58 Dental is here to keep you healthy for a dental lifetime. If you are interested in a comprehensive examination or would like more information on cancer screenings, please do not hesitate to contact the office.
For more information about basal cell carcinoma, please see Medline Plus
Kyle Griffith DMD
7090 E. Hampden Ave.
Denver, CO. 80224