It is estimated that in 2021 “an estimated 54,010 adults (38,800 men and 15,210 women) in the United States will be diagnosed with oral and oropharyngeal cancer” (source).

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 two times per year (every hygiene visit).

Signs and symptoms of oral cancer

The most common signs and symptoms of oral cancer include:

  • Persistent mouth sores that do not heal within two weeks
  • Red or white patches (referred to as leukoplakia or erythroplakia) on the tongue, gums, or other areas inside the mouth
  • Unexplained bleeding in the mouth
  • Difficulty swallowing (referred to as dysphagia)
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Chronic sore throat or hoarseness
  • Lump, thickening, or rough spot in the mouth, throat, or neck area
  • Changes in voice quality, such as persistent hoarseness or a raspy voice
  • Ear pain without any other known cause
  • Numbness, pain, or discomfort in the mouth, tongue, or throat
  • Difficulty moving the jaw or tongue
  • Changes in the fit of dentures or oral appliances

It’s important to note that while these symptoms can be indicative of oral cancer, they can also be caused by other conditions. However, if any of these symptoms persist for more than two weeks or worsen over time, it’s crucial to seek prompt medical evaluation for proper diagnosis and management. Early detection significantly improves treatment outcomes for oral cancer.

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?

Oral cancer screenings…get yours today!

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

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

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