Oral Cancer Screening
Regular dental exams are an important part of taking good care of your mouth. Exams allow us to spot issues in their earliest stages, allowing us to treat them, and prevent them from becoming worse. At National Dental Oakland Gardens, a part of your oral exam consists of an oral cancer screening.
Oral CancerOral cancer is a serious oral health issue. It can present itself almost anywhere inside your mouth - your lips, tongue, gums, cheeks, palate, or the entrance to your throat. It can have a significant impact on the daily functions of your mouth.
Every year, oral cancer affects approximately 40,000 people across the US. It is fatal when not treated early on, with only about half of those diagnosed surviving more than five years. Early detection and treatment can go a long way in increasing your chances of survival.
Risk Factors for Oral CancerThere are several risk factors that can increase your chances of developing oral cancer:
Oral Cancer SymptomsWhen you come in for your regular dental exams, we perform an oral cancer screening. We check inside your mouth, checking for unusual developments in your mouth, as well as your face and neck for signs of swelling. However, oral cancer can strike at any moment. There are several symptoms that you can be on the lookout for, and if you notice them, you should call right away:
Diagnosing Oral CancerFinding an oddity in your mouth is just the beginning of your oral cancer diagnosis. We will also take digital images to get a complete picture of what is going on inside your mouth. Our most important diagnostic tool, however, is a soft tissue biopsy. A biopsy will help us to diagnose or rule out oral cancer. There are a few different types of soft tissue biopsies:
Detecting and diagnosing oral cancer early is key to successful treatment. If you notice any signs or symptoms that something is wrong with your mouth, contact National Dental Oakland Gardens at (718) 407-0574 to schedule your appointment today.