Oral Cancer Screening

Oral cancer screening is the early examination and testing that is performed in order to attempt to make a determination if a patient has oral cancer. This early-detection screening may include a number of elements including examination of the gums and teeth, x-rays, a review of the patient’s medical history, and possibly a incisional biopsy. Oral cancer screening can potentially detect oral cancer in stages early enough to give a patient the best opportunity to obtain treatment before the cancer spreads, lessening the potential for successful treatment.implants

Regular check-ups, including an examination of the entire mouth, are essential in the early detection of cancerous and pre-cancerous conditions. You may have a very small, but dangerous, oral spot or sore and not be aware of it.  Understanding the symptoms of oral cancer and scheduling regular dental visits will increase your chances of living a longer, healthier life.

The first stage of an oral cancer screening is a basic dental exam. The dentist will check your entire mouth for white patches, a pre-cancerous symptom called Leukoplakia that is the most common visual clue of potential oral cancer. Other symptoms include the following:

  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing
  • Sores on the lips or other areas of the mouth that will not heal
  • Teeth growing progressively looser
  • Gums that are inflamed or irritated
  • Bleeding gums or blood around your teeth

In most cases, your screening will show that there is nothing to worry about – and in just a few minutes, you’ll have the peace of mind that an oral cancer screening can provide. For more information or to schedule an oral cancer screening as part of your regular dental examination, contact us today!

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