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ORAL CANCER SCREENINGS

Oral cancer is the sixth most common cancer. Common risk factors include heavy sun exposure, tobacco use, alcohol consumption, or infection with HPV. Be assured that our dentists have the skills and proper tools to detect early signs of oral cancer. Early detection will greatly improve the outcome, so regular oral cancer screenings are of the utmost importance.

 

Common signs of oral cancer

While the following signs and symptoms may be due to other, less serious factors, it’s always important to visit our office to rule out the possibility of oral cancer.

->Red, white, or dark-colored sores or spots in the mouth
->A sore that does not heal or bleeds easily
->A bumpy or rough spot of irregular tissue
->Pain, tenderness, or numbness in the mouth or on the lips

 

How to prevent oral cancer

The number one way to prevent oral cancer is to avoid all tobacco products. Other tips include maintaining a healthy and balanced diet, limiting your UVA/UVB sun exposure, and always wearing protective lotions.

 

What to expect during an oral cancer screening

The first thing to always remember is to visit your dentist regularly for checkups. Our doctors perform oral cancer screenings as part of each preventive appointment and each screening only takes a few minutes. We will check for oral cancer signs or indicators, including feeling for irregular tissues or bumps in your mouth, neck, and head. If we notice anything unusual or concerning, a biopsy may be recommended for further examination.