Oral Cancer Screenings
Almost 53,000 adults in the U.S.are diagnosed with oral or oropharyngeal cancer every year. It often metastasizes without any noticeable pain or other signs, which causes it to be overlooked by patients. One usually only becomes aware of it when it appears in a different location in the body at a later stage. That is why it is important to detect it early so that it can be treated quickly.
What Happens During An Oral Cancer Screening
When you visit us for a regular examination, in addition to thoroughly looking at your teeth and gums, we will carefully check for oral cancer. We look for things in your mouth like sores, lesions, wounds that won’t heal, and ulcers. We may use advanced dental technology, such as x-rays and intraoral cameras, for a more comprehensive and precise picture of your oral structures.
What To Look For When You’re At Home
Along with your scheduled appointments with us, we suggest performing a monthly at-home screening. Signs and symptoms to look for include red or white patches in your mouth, a rough spot or lump in the oral tissue, difficulty chewing or speaking, a change in your bite function, and tender or numb lips. If you experience any of these issues, please make an appointment with us so that we can help determine their cause.
Schedule An Oral Cancer Screening With Us Today
Detecting oral cancer during its early stages is beneficial in treating it quickly and effectively. To learn more, schedule an appointment by calling Creekside Family Dentistry in Columbia, TN, today at (931) 388–3384.