Oral Cancer Screening
Stop oral cancer before it progresses
Oral cancer, like all cancers, can cause serious health complications that require surgery to remove. That’s why you don’t want to take a chance on your health. The friendly dentists at Smile Zone Dental actively search for any sign of developing cancers during your appointment.
These types of cancers can be detected visually, but also through a routine x-ray. Early detection is the best way to stop the progression of the disease and prevent further complications. That’s why we recommend keeping up with a regular appointment every six months. During your appointment, we can notice slight changes in your overall dental condition and make effective recommendations that will improve your overall health.
What are the symptoms of oral cancer?
According to the Mayo Clinic, there are several persistent signs of oral cancer, such as:
- A lip or mouth sore that doesn’t heal
- A white or reddish patch on the inside of your mouth
- Loose teeth
- A growth or lump inside your mouth
- Mouth pain
- Ear pain
- Difficult or painful swallowing
If you notice any of these signs, you must call us right away so that we can determine if you are at risk for oral cancer. Some of these signs may have multiple causes and we need to determine what it is. If you notice any of the above signs, call our offices now.
What can I do to prevent oral cancer?
There are some very easy steps to help you prevent oral cancer. First, keep regular appointments with your dentist. Also, do not use any tobacco products, use alcohol in moderation, get vaccinated against HPV, and also protect your lips from the sun.
What do I do if I have oral cancer?
First of all, don’t panic. Although it may require surgery, many oral cancers are treatable. Smile Zone dental provides several oral surgery options and will make you a recommendation and treatment plan.