Did you know that over 50,000 American adults are expected to be diagnosed with oral and oropharyngeal cancer this year? Although the statistics may be scary, take comfort in the fact that your dentist is your first line of defense against this disease. With regular oral screenings in Jupiter performed during your regular dental appointments, your dentist can detect the early signs of oral cancer when they’re most treatable.
Before your dentist starts the exam, they’ll ask you certain questions about your oral health. It’s extremely important to be open and honest by letting them know about your dental hygiene routine, tobacco use, and sores that don’t seem to heal. If you have follow-up questions, don’t hesitate to ask.
Once your dentist has the information they need, they’ll thoroughly check inside and around your mouth to look for signs of oral cancer. These include sores, whitish or reddish patches, lumps, and other irregular tissue changes in your oral cavity, cheeks, head, and neck.
Screening devices that include various types of lights, dyes, and rinses may also be used to detect cell abnormalities. It usually takes less than a minute to complete an oral cancer screening process.
Once your dentist completes the exam, they’ll talk to you about the findings. You’ll be referred to your medical doctor for further examination if your dentist finds something that looks abnormal.
Keep in mind that oral cancer can only be diagnosed after a biopsy. However, it’s important to note that not everything that looks abnormal to your dentist indicates oral cancer.
At Seaside Dentistry, our team of dental professionals is ready to address your questions and concerns about oral cancer screenings. We focus on providing the highest quality of dentistry for all of your oral health needs. Contact us today to schedule your first appointment.