How to Spot Oral Cancer
Our office is committed to promoting your general well-being; this is not limited solely to your oral health.
We incorporate oral cancer screening as an important part of your regular dental exam as we take a holistic approach to your dental care. As with most types of cancer, oral malignancy can be life-threatening if not detected and treated early.
We have the professional expertise and advanced technology to guarantee that early signs and indications of pre-cancerous conditions and oral cancer are detected well in advance. While it is possible that the symptoms originate from less serious dental issues, it is still essential to come and visit our office to eliminate the possibility of oral cancer. Among the most common signs of oral cancer are:
- Sores and/or white and red spots any place in the oral cavity.
- A sore that bleeds easily or does not heal with time.
- A rough spot, thickening, or lump.
- Numbness, sensitivity, or pain any place on the lips or in the mouth.
- Difficulty speaking, biting, swallowing, or moving the tongue or jaw.
Discovery Dental Can Help With Oral Cancer Screenings
Our team of dental professionals are highly proficient in making an assessment which includes an inspection of not only your teeth, but your whole oral cavity, to identify pre-cancerous and cancerous conditions. In addition to performing a visual check, we will inspect the soft tissues of your mouth and throat in order to identify any abnormalities. In the event that we discover a cause for concern, we may follow up with a test. For example, a brush test, which gathers cells from a suspicious lesion in the oral cavity, which is then sent for analysis to a laboratory. On the off chance that this test returns positive or is inconclusive, we may suggest a biopsy.
There are other things you can do to help prevent oral growth in addition to receiving an oral cancer screening during your regular dental exam at our office:
- Restricting alcohol consumption and avoiding all tobacco products is still the best way to prevent oral cancer.
- Eating a balanced and nutritious diet.
- Applying sunblock on your skin and on your lips and limiting sun over-exposure.
- Ask your dental practitioner to do an oral exam on your next visit. Timely detection of oral cancer can boost your chances of effective treatment.