Oral cancer often does not display any symptoms until it is in an advanced stage. This puts the patients at a higher risk of many side effects and invasive treatments. At Rosemont Dental in Frederick, MD, we offer a thorough oral cancer screening during your regular dental exam to help us detect any early signs of oral cancer that may go unobserved by you. If we find oral cancer early enough, we can provide you the necessary treatment right away, bypassing the issues that a serious cancer diagnosis can cause.
What Is Oral Cancer Screening?
Our oral cancer screening includes a few steps. First, we will talk to you and ask a couple of questions regarding any changes you may have noticed in your oral health. For instance, if you have observed any lumps or new spots in your mouth. If you have had any new pain or any other issues you did not have at your last appointment. Answering these questions truthfully can help us decide on the next course of action to be taken.
As a next step, we will carry out a thorough physical exam of your mouth, face, neck, and throat. Dr. Askari will look for any observable signs such as spots, color changes, or bumps in your mouth. An X-ray may be taken to study suspicious areas that are not visible to the unassisted eye. The complete exam may only take a few minutes, but it could save your life.
What Are the Symptoms of Oral Cancer?
- Red or white sores or spots in the oral cavity
- A constantly bleeding and non-healing sore
- A lump, rough spot, or thickening
- Inflammation, pain, or numbness in the mouth or the lips
- Difficulty in chewing, swallowing, speaking, or just moving the jaw or tongue
Does Everyone Need Oral Cancer Screening?
We advise that each patient gets oral cancer screening at least once a year. It is pretty important even if you think you are not at risk for oral cancer. We may perform oral cancer screenings more often if you are a tobacco user, have a family history of oral diseases, drink excessively, or are exposed to the sun disproportionately. These aspects put you at higher risk of getting oral cancer, and we want to make sure to diagnose it early and provide the appropriate treatment.
What Happens After Oral Cancer Screening?
If we find suspicious areas, we may recommend a biopsy of the site to determine if it contains cancerous cells and, based on its findings, provide a further treatment plan.
If you want to have oral cancer screening done, call Rosemont Dental in Frederick, MD, at (301) 663-114 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Askari.