The American Cancer Society estimates that over 50,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year. At Dream Dental, we are committed to helping our patients maintain their oral as well as their overall health.
An oral cancer screening can be performed during your regular dental visit. The doctor will check your entire oral cavity, including lips, cheeks, gums, the front of the tongue, and the floor and roof of your mouth. Your throat (pharynx), the soft part of the roof of your mouth, tonsils, and the back of the tongue will also be examined thoroughly. Your jaw and neck will also be checked for any lumps or abnormalities.
There are a wide variety of symptoms of oral cancer. Make an appointment as soon as possible if you experience any of the following:
If you are a smoker or heavy drinker, or you have poor eating habits, changing these habits can help to decrease your chances of developing oral cancer.
At Dream Dental, our experienced and knowledgeable team is here for all of your dental needs. Scheduling regular dental checkups, including oral cancer screenings, are vital to your dental and overall health. Give us a call today to schedule your appointment!