Oral Cancer Exam: Get Screened Today for a Healthy Mouth

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According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, “close to 42,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer this year” in 2013.

Here at Advanced Cosmetic & Family Dentistry, we don’t want you and your family to become part of these scary statistics. We offer oral cancer screenings when you come in for your appointment so we can catch any minor issues before they become major problems.

In fact, we recommend that you schedule a dedicated comprehensive oral cancer exam at least 1 time every year.

Oral cancer: Benefits and screenings

Oral cancer sadly effects many, many individuals today. Oral cancer can include any mouth diseases such as:

  • head and neck cancers
  • cancer of the larynx
  • oral malignant melanoma
  • gum disease
  • periodontal disease
  • oral cancers in the front portion of the mouth (including the tongue, cheek, jaw,
    gums)
  • oropharyngeal cancer (including the base of the tongue, tonsils, and the soft
    palate)

Who can benefit from these exams?

Everyone can benefit from oral cancer screenings! That’s why we are passionate about performing this screening when you come in for your six-month checkup appointments. We want to make sure your mouth is free from all types of oral cancers.

How are oral cancer screenings performed?

The screening is easily and quickly performed. It does not hurt either. To detect oral cancers, Dr. Silverman will check your gums, cheeks, face, glands, and tongue for any abnormalities, such as lesions or unusual bumps.

If Dr. Silverman sees any issues relating to mouth cancer, he may request a biopsy, and then will determine the best course of action for your health. He will discuss treatment options available to you, whether it is surgery or another less invasive procedure. Rest assured, he is trained and experienced to examine the results, and pinpoint any problems he may see.

Get your screening today!

It does not matter whether or not you experience symptoms of oral cancer. It is always best to take the preventive measure and schedule your screening today. You don’t necessarily have to experience symptoms in order to get screened– instead, be on the safe side and catch any issues before they turn into big problems for your overall health.