The best way to lower your risk of oral cancer is through regular and thorough screenings. Our dental team at Family Dental Care™ is eager to help you protect your smile and overall health. Continue reading to learn why oral cancer screenings are so important and how they are performed by our staff members.
How are Oral Cancer Screenings Performed?
An oral cancer screening will typically take just a few minutes, yet these small moments can greatly protect an individual’s body in the long run. Our dentist will visually and manually examine your mouth for any signs of oral cancer developing. What are these signs? A few are listed below:
- Changes in texture and color of soft tissue
- Lumps and bumps in soft tissue
- Sores that won’t heal
- Difficulty swallowing or hoarse voice
- Swelling/inflammation of the lymph nodes
If you already notice any of these symptoms, then contact your dental office right away for a screening. Your dentist may also ask you a series of questions regarding your oral health.
What are the Benefits of Oral Cancer Screenings?
Oral cancer is more common than many might think. It, unfortunately, takes so many lives each year. Early diagnosis can help in preventing the growth and spread of oral cancer. Our dental office encourages oral exams at least twice a year that help to protect your body. This is the best way to further keep your smile healthy and beautiful.
If you are interested in an oral cancer screening, then contact our Family Dental Care™ office for further information. Call us today to schedule your next dental appointment for an exam, cleaning, and oral cancer screening. Our dental team is eager to provide you with preventative, cosmetic, and restorative care!