Oral Cancer Screening

Every hour, one adult dies from oral cancers. In that same amount of time, you could visit our office for a comprehensive oral cancer screening. With nearly 50,000 people in the United States being diagnosed with oral cancer annually, it is of the utmost importance to receive an oral cancer screening at least once a year.

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An oral cancer screening consists of a thorough exam. During this exam, your dentist will look for signs of cancer or precancerous conditions. It is important to note that this involves more than your gums. Rather, your dentist will examine your lips, gums, tongue, and throat for any abnormalities.


Oral Cancer Risk Factors

Oral cancer can affect anyone. However, some people have a greater risk of developing the disease. Common risk factors include:

  • Being male
  • Smoking
  • Unhealthy diet
  • Genetic predisposition or family history of oral cancers
  • Prolonged sun exposure
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
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Oral Cancer Symptoms

It is recommended to undergo an oral cancer screening at least once a year. However, should you experience any of the following symptoms, please contact our office immediately:

  • Pain or difficulty swallowing, talking, speaking
  • Pain or difficulty moving your jaw or tongue
  • Feeling as though something is caught in your throat
  • A sore throat with no correlating sinus issues
  • Lumps or swelling in or around your mouth
  • Red or white patches in your mouth
  • Mouth sores that don’t heal
  • Unexplained bleeding in your mouth
  • Drastic drop in weight

Oral cancer screenings are essential for detecting early signs of oral cancer. To learn more or to schedule an appointment with our experienced dentists, please contact us today!


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