We are not just focused on your smile; we also care about your overall health and well-being.Our holistic approach to dental care includes a screening for oral cancer as part of your regular check-up.Oral cancer, like many other types of cancers, can be fatal if it is not detected and treated promptly.
We are equipped with the tools and skills to detect early signs and symptoms of pre-cancerous conditions and oral cancer.These symptoms could be due to other less serious conditions, but it is important to see our office to rule out the possibility of oral carcinoma.These are the most common signs of oral cancer.
Anywhere in the oral cavity, red or white sores or spots may appear
A sore that does not heal or bleeds quickly
A lump, thickening or rough spot
Tenderness or pain anywhere on the lips or in the mouth.
Difficulty swallowing, chewing, speaking, or moving your jaws or tongue
Our team has been trained to perform a quick, simple screening. This involves an examination of the entire oral cavity, not just your teeth. It is used to detect precancerous and cancerous conditions.To detect abnormalities in your throat and mouth tissue, we will perform a visual exam.We may perform a simple test such as a brush test to detect any suspicious areas. This collects cells from the mouth and sends them to a laboratory to analyze.We may recommend a biopsy if the test is abnormal or positive.
You can help prevent oral cancer by taking a checkup at our office and getting screened for oral cancer.
Avoiding all forms of tobacco and drinking alcohol in moderation is the best way to prevent or treat oral cancer.
Keep a balanced and healthy diet.
Limit your sun exposure and use UV-A/B-blocking sun-protective lotions for your skin and lips.
Ask your dentist to conduct an oral exam during your next appointment.The chances of successful treatment are higher if oral cancer is detected early.