What is an Oral Cancer Screening?
Oral cancer screenings look at the soft tissues inside of the mouth to detect signs of cancer. Screenings should be done at each dental exam and bi-annual appointment. While some patients are more susceptible to this form of cancer, screenings should be done on all adults. Early detection can help in terms of treating the problem and regaining oral health.
Why do you need an Oral Cancer Screening?
Despite your lifestyle and daily habits, an oral cancer screening is important for all adults. During your bi-annual dental exams, we can provide you with an oral cancer screening to look for signs of abnormal oral tissue. Some of the reasons you may be more susceptible to oral cancer include:
- You are a smoker
- You chew tobacco
- You drink alcohol excessively or have in the past
- Oral cancer and other types of cancer run in your family
What makes you a good candidate for an Oral Cancer Screening?
Everyone is a good candidate for an oral cancer screening. Despite your lifestyle and habits, an oral cancer screening is vital to maintaining a healthy mouth. Early detection of cancer can help with treatment, making it easier to eradicate the cancer cells. For this reason, bi-annual cancer screenings are crucial for you and your loved ones.
What happens during the procedure for an Oral Cancer Screening?
It is important to come to each of your dental appointments for a cancer screening. Once in the office, Dr. Brad Sammons will look at all areas of the mouth as well as underneath and around the tongue. The doctor is looking for signs of abnormal tissue in and around the mouth, which could be a sign that cancer is present. If cancer is detected, we can help to find the best treatment possible. Even if cancer is not found, it is still important to be screened regularly. A healthy and happy mouth starts with routine screenings.
If you think you need an oral cancer screening, or if you would like to inquire more about the procedure, contact us so that one of our helpful staff members can better assist you.