oral cancer screening

our office is not only dedicated to your smile, we’re also dedicated to your overall wellness.

Like many kinds of cancer, oral cancer can be life-threatening if not diagnosed and treated early. We take a thorough approach to your dental care, which includes an oral cancer screening as a part of your regular exam.

Our office has the skills and tools to ensure that early signs and symptoms of oral cancer and pre-cancerous conditions are identified. While these symptoms may be caused by other less serious problems, it is very important to visit our office to rule out the possibility of oral cancer.

symptoms

Symptoms of oral cancer include:

  • A sore that bleeds easily or does not heal
  • Red or white spots or sores anywhere in the oral cavity
  • A lump, thickening, or rough spot
  • Difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking or moving the jaw or tongue
  • Pain, tenderness, or numbness anywhere in the mouth or on the lips

Our team is trained in a simple, quick screening that involves an examination of your oral cavity as a whole, including your teeth to detect cancerous and precancerous conditions. Besides a visual examination of your mouth, we will also feel the tissue of your mouth and throat to detect any abnormalities. If we find an area of concern, we may perform a simple test, such as a brush test, which collects cells from a suspicious lesion in the mouth to be sent to a lab for analysis. If this test comes back atypical or positive, we may recommend a biopsy.

prevention

Aside from receiving an oral cancer screening during your checkup at our office, there are many things you can do to help prevent oral cancer.

  • Avoid all tobacco products and only drink alcohol in moderation
  • Maintain a healthy, balanced diet
  • Limit your exposure to the sun and always wear UV-A/B blocking sun protection on your skin and lips