<b>What is an Oral Cancer Screening?</b>
An oral cancer screening allows us to see if there are any unusual lesions or spots inside your mouth. This screening is essential for adults of all ages, especially those who smoke or use smokeless tobacco. The cancer screening takes just seconds in our office. We conduct this screening in conjunction with your bi-annual dental examination.
<b>Why would an Oral Cancer Screening be needed?</b>
The reason you might benefit from an oral cancer screening is because you’re an adult and are looking to prevent oral health problems. Oral cancer can affect people of all different types, though it is more common among those who smoke tobacco products. Some of the signs of oral cancer include,
• Red or white patches around the mouth
• Sores and ulcers
• Persistent bad breath
• Dry mouth or sore throat
• Pain in the mouth or around the face
• Unexpected weight loss
<b>Who is a candidate for an Oral Cancer Screening?</b>
Every adult coming into our office is a good candidate for an oral cancer screening. If you’re a smoker or use chewing tobacco, it is important to have these screenings done as often as possible. We typically recommend a screening at least once a year. If you’re a smoker, we may conduct a screening at each of your bi-annual checkup exams.
<b>What happens during an Oral Cancer Screening?</b>
The screening takes seconds in our office and is done comfortably and easily. After performing an examination, we will look around the entire mouth to see if we detect any unusual lesions, ulcers or plaque-like coatings. We will lift the tongue and will look underneath it to check for any unusual areas. If something out of the ordinary is found, we will recommend having a biopsy done of the area. This allows us to determine if the area is benign or if it does signal a more major problem. We are here to help when it comes to both detecting and dealing with oral cancer.
If you think you might benefit from an oral cancer screening, call our office today and we will be more than happy to further assist you.