Oral Cancer Screening
The term oral cancer refers to cancers of the tongue, lips, throat, cheeks, sinuses, and the hard and soft palates. When discovered early, oral cancer can usually be successfully treated. Unfortunately, many cases progress to an advanced stage before they are discovered. In these cases, oral cancer can be life-threatening.
Each year, over 48,000 Americans are diagnosed with oral cancer. At Lawrenceville Dental Associates, we want to help our patients maintain their oral as well as their overall health. During your regular dental visits, we will conduct an oral cancer screening so that anything unusual can be caught early. The doctor will check your entire oral cavity including lips, cheek lining, gums, the front of the tongue, as well as 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. The dentist will then feel your jaw and neck for any lumps or abnormalities as well.
In between visits, it’s important to be aware of any symptoms of oral cancer including:
- A persistent sore throat
- Unexplained bleeding in the mouth
- A persistent sore that bleeds easily and does not heal
- Unexplained loss of feeling, pain, or numbness
- Ear pain
- Lumps or rough spots on the gums, lips or mouth
- Red, white, or speckled patches in the mouth
- Difficulty chewing, speaking or swallowing
- A change in the way your teeth fit together
Contact us as soon as possible to make an appointment if you notice any of these issues or if you experience any unusual dental pain. If you smoke, drink alcohol excessively or eat poorly, changing these habits can decrease your chances of developing oral cancer.
Oral cancer screenings are one of the reasons that it’s essential to have regular dental examinations at least twice a year. Give us a call today at (770) 913-6808 to schedule yours.