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Oral Cancer Screenings

Oral Cancer Screenings Save Lives

Oral Cancer Screenings

Dentist with teeth x-ray on screenAt All Smiles Dental, we perform oral cancer screenings as part of any routine dental visit. These screenings allow dentists to investigate changes observed in the patient’s mouth during a routine exam and to address other negative findings immediately.

A dentist works toward maintaining optimal oral health for patients. Dentists inform patients who are at risk for oral cancer to include oral cancer screenings in their routine dental exams.

To receive an oral cancer screening, call our office at (803) 356-0700.

Why Do I Need Oral Cancer Screenings?

The key to beating cancer is detecting it early. Oral cancer screenings are especially important for a number of reasons. With the cancer demographics dropping to lower age brackets and with increased risk factors being discovered all the time, oral cancer screenings can make the difference between life and death. By detecting the symptoms and stages of oral cancer early, doctors and patients can take steps to stop the cancer before it takes hold. Early treatment allows for more treatment options and a higher success rate.

Who Is at Risk for Oral Cancer?

  • Smokers,tobacco chewers and marijuana users are at risk for oral cancer.
  • Heavy drinkers because alcohol consumption greatly increases cancer risks.
  • Those with a family history of cancer.
  • Those with viruses linked to cancer, such as Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) and human papillomavirus (HPV).

What Are Oral Cancer Symptoms?

  • Pain in the mouth or ears.
  • Sore mouth.
  • Nonpainful lump in the throat.
  • Difficulty swallowing.
  • Sores in the mouth that won’t heal.
  • Patchy red and white tissue in the mouth.

Oral cancer screenings are essential to finding and identifying the symptoms of oral cancer.

They are quick, easy and usually painless.

How Are Oral Cancer Screenings Performed?

The dentist will wear gloves while performing the exam.

  • Since the tongue is where most oral cancers show up, the dentist will examine it first.
  • The dentist will inspect the inside of the cheeks and lips to look for bumps or sores.
  • Using two fingers, the dentist will check the floor of the mouth, looking for patches of red and white tissue or lumps.
  • The roof of the mouth is checked for any soft areas of the hard palate.
  • Checking the neck area for any lumps or infection is the next step.
  • The tonsils are checked last to ensure they are symmetrical and not inflamed or infected.

While oral cancer screenings alone can’t diagnose cancer, they can alert the dentist of the possibility and allow for referrals other doctors for cancer testing. It is worth the peace of mind to find out if there are symptoms of cancer, or perhaps another underlying illness, that can be causing cancer-like symptoms. Since the exam is so easy and quick to perform, it is better to be safe than sorry.

All Smiles Dental believes in the power of early cancer detection and offers oral cancer screenings to all patients as part of our routine dental exams. Please call (803) 356-0700 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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