Oral Cancer Screening
At daily DENTAL & bracesbar, we’re dedicated to providing comprehensive dental care. We take into account every aspect of your oral health. This includes monitoring your teeth and gums for changes. For that purpose, we perform oral cancer screenings at every checkup.
Early Detection of Mouth Cancer
Oral cancer is a potentially deadly disease that is on the rise. However, with early detection and treatment, the rate of survival is 85–90 percent. That is great news! So, if you are overdue for a dental exam, contact daily DENTAL & bracesbar today. Schedule an appointment to protect your oral health, and peace of mind.
The bad news is that about 53,000 Americans are diagnosed with mouth cancer annually. Even more, one dies of the devastating disease every hour. Therefore, it is important that we education patients about the risk factors. Also, remember that this disease can also be present in people with no known risk factors:
- Age —The risk increases with age, but patients under 25 make up over 25 percent of new cases.
- Heavy drinking
- HPV (human papillomavirus) — In younger patients who do not smoke.
- Sun damage — Melanoma on the lips.
- Tobacco use
- Weakened immune system
At daily DENTAL & bracesbar, oral cancer screenings a part of every routine checkup. The exam is simple, easy and takes just minutes. First, your dentist will perform a visual inspection of your palate, throat, beneath the tongue, cheeks and lips. We will also look for bumps or tender areas under the bottom jaw or on the neck.
Signs of Oral Cancer
If we see any questionable areas (red or white patches, callous-like tissue, asymmetrical ulcerations, or swelling), we may ask you to come back in 10-14 days to take another look or refer you to a specialist for further evaluation. This gives you the crucial advantage of early detection, when treatment is most effective. With that said, keep in mind that finding something suspicious isn’t a cancer diagnosis. There are many non-cancerous conditions (such as lumps of fatty tissue) that simply need to be ruled out as benign.