The goal of an oral cancer screening is for early identification of possible irregular or cancerous growths. Early detection provides a greater chance of a cure. The National Cancer Institute has estimated that each year, 40,000 people are diagnosed with mouth or throat cancer in the United States alone. Of these, 8,000 will result in death.
During the screening, your dentist will check the inside of your mouth for mouth sores and red or white patches. Using gloves, he will feel the tissues in your mouth and check for any lumps or anything abnormal. If we find an unusual sore or lesion, we may recommend you get further testing. We check your entire mouth, including your lips, tongue, cheek tissue, gums, under the tongue, the hard palate in the roof of your mouth, and your throat.
During your visit, your dental professional may ask you about your health history. Regular visits can help ensure that any suspicious changes or abnormalities will be caught early.
Factors that can increase the risk of oral cancer include:
Symptoms of oral or throat cancer can include:
Make sure to say if you have problems using your mouth for normal daily behavior, including speaking, chewing, swallowing or moving your tongue or jaw.
At our practice, the professionals take the time to understand your needs and concerns so you are happy with our service and dental treatment we provide.
Our dentists are caring and highly trained dental professionals, and we can calm your anxieties and help teach good hygiene habits, from brushing and flossing, to explaining sophisticated dental surgery.
Contact our office today if you have any concerns about suspicious growths or sores in your mouth.