Monitor your Health: Oral Cancer Screenings

12With modern dental advancements, we can identify the earliest signs of oral cancer. We complete oral cancer screenings with a refined ultraviolet light.

Patients who smoke, drink heavily, or have a family history of oral cancer should notify Dr. Lambertus. They are at a higher risk for oral cancer. All adult patients should have regular oral cancer screenings. We recommend that patients participate in an oral cancer screening once a year.

What is Oral Cancer?

Every year, 34,000 Americans are diagnosed with oral cancer. Unfortunately, 8,000 of these cases end in death. Oral cancer is found in the following areas:

  • On the surface of the tongue
  • Inside the lips and cheeks
  • In the gums
  • In the tonsils and salivary glands
  • On the roof or floor of the mouth

This cancer results in tumors, difficulty swallowing and speaking, and depression. Some of the signs of oral cancer include:

  • Red or white patches in the mouth or on the tongue
  • Sores or ulcers that do not heal over time
  • Pain when swallowing
  • Loose teeth
  • Swelling or thickening skin in the mouth
  • Sore throat or hoarse voice
  • Pain in the neck or jaw

Treating Oral Cancer

26Oral cancer can be treated by surgically removing tumors or by mouth reconstruction. Radiation and chemotherapy are also common treatments for oral cancer. All of these treatments are intensive, uncomfortable, and expensive.

The most reliable treatment for oral cancer is not a treatment at all. Early detection is the most effective way to protect yourself and your loved ones from the dangers of oral cancer.

Oral cancer can quickly grow to become an irreversible problem. Your best chance at survival and recovery is finding out about your oral cancer early. The first signs of oral cancer are easier to treat than more advanced cancer.

Our highly advanced oral cancer screenings can keep you safe from oral cancer. Call us today at Frontier Village Dental Care to schedule an appointment.