Oral Cancer Screenings
The very mention of cancer scares us. Oral cancer is one form of this deadly disease, and it can prove fatal if not detected and treated in time. At Celebration Family Dental, we provide oral cancer screenings as a part of regular dental checkups for all of our patients.
Around 60% of oral cancers are not caught until the advanced stages. The disease is more persistent is people who smoke or drink excessively. Another recently discovered cause of oral cancer in non-smoking adults is the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), which is typically spread via sexual contact.
Signs & Symptoms of Oral Cancer
Most of the bumps, lumps, and sores found in the mouth are completely harmless. However, if you notice a persistent sore throat or hoarseness, ulcers, white or red patches, and lumps in and around your face or neck for more than two weeks, you should get an oral cancer screening immediately. Most oral cancers occur in the form of scale-shaped patches on the sides of the tongue, the floor of the mouth, or on the lower lip.
Regular screenings are one of the most important steps in the prevention and early detection of oral cancer. We will perform a tactile and visual examination of your mouth and throat for lesions and other signs of oral cancer during the course of your regular dental checkup. If we find something suspicious, a brush test is performed, which is followed up with a biopsy if needed.
To learn more about what you can do to avoid oral cancer or to schedule a screening, contact us today.