An oral cancer screening is a precautionary examination that we do to look for signs of cancer or precancerous conditions in your mouth. The purpose is to identify mouth cancer at its earliest point so it can be treated.
Oral Cancer is usually detectable and curable, but can affect the following:
• cheek lining
• floor and roof of the mouth
• back toward the throat
Factors that can increase the risk of oral cancer include:
• Tobacco use of any kind, including cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chewing tobacco and snuff, among others
• Heavy alcohol use
• Previous oral cancer diagnosis
• History of significant sun exposure, which increases the risk of lip cancer
There are over 30,000 new cases of oral cancer are found each year in the United States. Your dental care provider stands as your first resource for detection and cure against this disease.
Report to your dentist immediately if you discover any of these signs/symptoms in your mouth:
• Sores that easily bleed and do not heal
• Thick or hard lumps
• Persistently rough or crusted areas
• Numbness, pain or tenderness that may be new or persisting
Your dentist also needs to know if you notice problems with chewing, swallowing, speaking or moving any part of your mouth or tongue.
At Tri-City Dental Care we routinely screen for oral cancer as part of every checkup or cleaning.
You’ve probably never heard “dentist office visit” and “spa-like” in the same breath, but that is what you will find at Tri City Dental Care in Kennewick. When we say our practice is centered around you, it means all of you. Our specialists know that being relaxed, safe and mentally centered is a critical importance in the long-term success of your oral health. Visit Tri-City Dental Care and you will find the perfect place to look after your smile while also enjoying some of the finer things in life in a delightfully welcoming environment.
Call our Tri-Cities dentist office to find out more. about oral cancer screenings. Tri-City Dental Care can help you determine the best option for your budget and needs to protect your face and preserve your natural teeth. We are located on Plaza way in Kennewick. We are the building with the green roof, across from Trios. Call us now to schedule a stress-free appointment at Tri-City Dental Care. 509.204.7516