Oral Cancer Screening
Book Oral Cancer Screening with Dr. J Dental
While we’re exceptionally committed to maintaining your smile, we’re also dedicated to helping you improve and maintain your overall wellness. Our holistic approach to dental care includes oral cancer screening as part of your regular dental exam. Oral cancer can be life-threatening if not diagnosed and treated early, and routine screenings through our office can help provide the ideal foundation for treatment.
The Warning Signs
Our team has the requisite skill and experience to detect the earliest signs and symptoms of oral cancer. While often these symptoms are caused by less serious issues, it’s important you visit us directly to rule out oral cancer. The most common warning signs include:
- A sore that bleeds and doesn’t heal
- A thickening lump or rough spot
- Red and white spots and sores in the oral cavity
- Problems chewing
- Tenderness and pain in the mouth
The Screening Process
We offer a simple and fast screening that involves a comprehensive examination of your oral cavity. In addition to a visual examination, we’ll also complete a physical examination of the tissue of your mouth and throat to detect abnormalities. Any areas of concern can be tested to determine if they contain cancerous cells. We can complete simple brush tests and analyze the results in a laboratory to detect oral cancers. In some cases, we recommend a biopsy if the results are atypical or positive for cancerous cells.
Tips for Prevention
In addition to undergoing an oral cancer screening during your regular checkup at our offices, there are multiple steps you can take to mitigate your oral cancer risks. These steps include:
- Drinking alcohol in moderation and avoiding tobacco products
- Committing to a healthy diet
- Limiting your exposure to the sun and wearing UV-A/B-blocking sun protective lotions on your skin and lips
To learn more about oral cancer or book a screening with our team. Call us today!