Your general dental exams go well beyond a basic cleaning. We care for your overall oral health, including being proactive in checking for signs of oral cancer. According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, 8,000+ deaths are reported in the United States yearly. Prevention is the key to protecting our patients from the advanced stages of oral cancer by screening to detect it at its earliest stages when it can be treated most effectively. Early detection can save lives.
How Do You Check For Oral Cancer At Advanced Dentistry?
When you come in to see us for your general dental checkup and exam, we will screen you for oral cancer. This process will not cause you any discomfort. We will simply look and feel for the telltale signs of oral cancer including abnormalities such as lumps and bumps or unusual growths or lesions in the head, neck, and mouth areas. Anything that seems out of sorts could be a symptom to take seriously. We’ll take it from there to determine if you need to see an expert to explore further.
We check all areas of the face, neck, lips, tongue, gums, palate, cheeks, mouth, throat, sinuses, etc. All of these areas can be susceptible to oral cancer. We are thorough and complete, leaving no area unchecked. We can use in-office tools to help us see more in depth, so even the hardest to navigate areas are covered.
What Can I Look Out For? Are There Any Signs Or Symptoms Of Oral Cancer I Can See Or Feel?
Common Signs and Symptoms of Oral Cancer Include:
- Sores that never heal or seem to take a very long time to heal
- Lumps/bumps/growths in the mouth or throat
- Red or white patches in any areas of the mouth
- Unexplained bleeding in the mouth
- Mouth pain, tenderness, or numbness
- Long lasting sore throat or a feeling like something is lodged in the throat
- Issues with chewing, speaking/swallowing
- Swelling in the throat
- Pain in the ears
- Bite is off/teeth don’t come together normally
When it comes to oral cancer, the sooner it is detected, the better chance for a treatment that will cure it. Never ignore a sign that seems in any way suspicious. Let us know if you think something is wrong and we’ll examine you as soon as possible.