Oral cancers can be serious, and early detection dramatically increases the chances of recovery and cure. Reports suggest that dental professionals can detect about 84 percent of oral cancers through oral screening.
During your next dental exam and checkup, you may want to find out if you’re at risk for oral cancer. Oral cancer screenings help detect cancers before they progress to a more advanced stage and cause problems. At All Smiles Dental Care, we use the latest, state-of-the-art technology to detect early signs of oral cancer.
When our dentists perform an oral cancer screening procedure, they use reliable tools to look for signs of mouth sores or discoloration. They will also use gloved hands to feel gently in your mouth for any lumps or any other abnormalities.
Patients over the age of 40, heavy smokers, heavy alcohol users, and people with increased exposure to the sun are usually at higher risk. However, you may develop signs of oral cancer even if you are not at risk with any of the factors above. Regular oral cancer screening helps you maintain overall health.
The dentist will perform a visual and physical exam and will look for the following signs in your oral cavity, lips, tongue, neck, and face:
The best way to catch oral cancer signs early is by opting for regular oral cancer screenings. If your dentist notices abnormal signs, they may not diagnose it right away, but they will send the tissue for analysis. In the event that they confirm oral cancer, your dentist will send you for early treatment.
Email us, book your appointment through our website, or give us a shout. We will help you with information, guidance, and screening. Stop by our clinic and book your dental exam today.