At Great Smile Dental, we are at the forefront in the early identification of oral cancer, positioning ourselves as the initial line of defense against this serious condition.
Our dedicated team is trained to recognize the earliest signs of the disease, leveraging our expertise to safeguard your oral health and well-being. Choose Great Smile Dental for your oral cancer screenings - where vigilance meets excellence in preventative care.
Oral cancer screening is a precautionary examination performed by our dentist to look for signs of cancer or precancerous conditions in your mouth.
The goal of the screening is to identify oral cancer early, when there's a greater chance for a cure. During the screening, the dentist will inspect not only your lips, tongue, and the inside of your mouth, but also your face, neck, and jaw for any abnormalities or issues that might indicate the presence of cancer. It is a important step in maintaining your overall oral health and ensuring early intervention if any potential concerns are detected.
Regular Check-ups: As a proactive measure, incorporating oral cancer screenings into your regular dental check-ups (at least annually) can aid in early detection.
History of Tobacco Use: If you have a history of smoking or using chewing tobacco, it's prudent to have more frequent oral cancer screenings.
Excessive Alcohol Consumption: Individuals who consume alcohol heavily should seek regular screenings, as they are at an increased risk of developing oral cancer.
Over 40 Years of Age: As the risk of oral cancer increases with age, individuals over 40 should consider having regular screenings.
Presence of Oral Symptoms: If you notice persistent symptoms like sores that don't heal, red or white patches in the mouth, chronic sore throat, or difficulty in swallowing, seek a screening promptly.
Family History of Cancer: If there is a history of cancer in your family, especially oral cancer, regular screenings should be a priority.
Prior Diagnosis of Oral Cancer: For individuals who have previously been diagnosed with oral cancer, frequent screenings are essential to monitor for any recurrence or new developments.
Exposure to HPV: Individuals with a history of exposure to the human papillomavirus (HPV) should also consider regular oral cancer screenings, as certain strains of HPV can increase the risk of oral cancer.
During an oral cancer screening, a dentist or healthcare provider will perform a thorough examination of your mouth, including your lips, tongue, and the inside of your mouth, as well as your face, neck, and jaw, to look for any signs of cancer or precancerous conditions.
Ideally, everyone should incorporate oral cancer screenings into their regular dental check-ups. Individuals who are at a higher risk, including tobacco users, heavy alcohol drinkers, those over the age of 40, and those with a family history of cancer, should consider more frequent screenings.
Yes, between screenings, you should be vigilant for symptoms such as persistent sores, red or white patches in the mouth, chronic sore throat, difficulty swallowing, and changes in the voice. If you notice any of these symptoms, you should seek medical advice promptly.
Oral cancer screenings are typically non-invasive and painless. They involve visual and physical examination of the oral cavity and surrounding areas. If a biopsy is needed, your healthcare provider will discuss the procedure and any associated sensations with you in detail.
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