Oral cancer screenings are a simple yet crucial part of preventative dentistry. During the screening, a dental professional examines the mouth, lips, tongue, gums, cheeks, and roof of the mouth for any signs of abnormal cells or lesions that may indicate oral cancer or precancerous conditions. Early detection significantly increases the chances of successful treatment outcomes, making oral cancer screenings a critical part of maintaining optimal oral health. At Indian Trail Dental Studio, we recommend routine oral cancer screenings for all our patients to ensure timely intervention and treatment.
During an oral cancer screening, colored patches may be a sign of a precancerous or cancerous lesion. Red or white patches, or a combination of the two, are commonly found on the lips, cheeks, and tongue, which highlight the need for early detection to prompt timely treatment.
During an oral cancer screening, sore patches that don’t heal within two weeks may indicate a precancerous or cancerous lesion.
Difficulty swallowing may be a sign of a tumor or other serious oral condition. If a patient experiences any difficulty swallowing or any other changes in their normal oral functions, talk to our care team.
During an oral cancer screening, numbness in the oral cavity may indicate a precancerous or cancerous lesion. If a patient experiences any numbness or other changes in their normal oral sensation, it’s important to contact your dentist immediately.
A persistent sore throat may be a sign of a tumor or other serious oral condition. Routine oral cancer screenings are recommended for all of our patients to ensure timely intervention and treatment, if necessary.
At Indian Trail Dental Studio, we take oral cancer screenings seriously and have developed a comprehensive screening process to ensure the early detection and prompt treatment of any potential oral cancer or precancerous lesions. During a routine dental exam, we perform an oral cavity examination to assess any signs of oral cancer. Our screening process involves the following steps:
Our comprehensive screening process allows us to detect any potential signs of oral cancer or precancerous lesions early on, which significantly increases the chances of successful treatment outcomes. At Indian Trail Dental Studio, we are committed to providing our patients with the best possible care, and our screening process is just one of the many ways we ensure that our patients receive a comprehensive and personalized treatment plan.
Failing to perform an oral cancer screening or performing it incorrectly can lead to serious consequences. When oral cancer is not detected early, it can quickly spread to the surrounding tissues and become even more difficult to treat. If oral cancer is left undetected and untreated for too long, it can lead to life-threatening complications, including oral disfigurement, severe pain, difficulty speaking and eating, and even death.
In addition, an inaccurate screening can lead to misleading results, false negatives, and missed opportunities for early intervention. This underscores the importance of regular oral cancer screenings and choosing a trusted care team like Indian Trail Dental Studio who is equipped with the necessary skills and expertise to perform accurate screenings.
If you have not received an oral cancer screening or are in doubt about the accuracy of your previous screening, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with our care team as soon as possible to ensure proper and prompt diagnosis and treatment.
At Indian Trail Dental Studio, we are committed to providing our patients with the best possible care and offer a comprehensive screening process designed to ensure the early detection and prompt treatment of any potential oral cancer. We recommend routine oral cancer screenings for all our patients and encourage our patients to be proactive and schedule regular screening appointments. If you’re ready to get regular oral cancer screenings, contact Indian Trail Dental Studio today.
It’s recommended that patients get an oral cancer screening at least once a year during their routine dental exams.
A patient is at a higher risk for oral cancer, like heavy tobacco and alcohol users or with a family history of oral cancer.
To help prevent oral cancer, avoid using tobacco products, limit alcohol use, wear proper lip protection when exposed to the sun, maintain good oral hygiene, and receive the HPV vaccine, if appropriate.
If a suspicious area is found during an oral cancer screening, our care team may recommend a biopsy to confirm the diagnosis and determine the proper course of treatment. Referrals to trusted and experienced medical professionals may also be offered.