Oral Cancer Screening
Pleasant Plains Dental is proud to provide oral cancer screening to all of our patients as part of our comprehensive dental services. Patients of all ages can benefit from oral cancer screening. As with all types of cancer, early diagnosis greatly improves the odds of treatment and recovery. Our team has received extensive training in screening the mouth for oral cancer, and we utilize leading-edge dental technology. We utilize OralID for all of our oral cancer screenings for accurate, precise results. OralID uses fluorescence technology to help detect oral and throat cancer at its earliest stages so that appropriate treatment can begin.
While it has always been customary for oral cancer screening to include a visual exam, our team wants to make sure that we do not miss anything. Using advanced technology allows us to have a full, comprehensive look inside the entire oral space. Using advanced technology allows him to have a full, comprehensive look inside the entire oral space. Oral cancer can be found in the cheeks, throat, gums, tongue, roof and bottom floor of the mouth, so it is essential that a complete screening be done.
Mouth Cancer Tests
Many people only think of the dentist as responsible for cleaning the teeth and helping them achieve that “after the dentist feeling” of a fresh, radiant mouth. However, your dentist does much more than simply clean your teeth – s/he evaluates your oral health as it relates to your entire body. Mouth cancer tests should be performed at each dental checkup, and any changes that occur between your appointments should be noted and addressed immediately. Early diagnosis is key to the successful treatment of oral cancer, and our team is dedicated to using this advanced technology in order to keep abreast of our patients’ health.
Dentists are trained to examine the oral cavity as a whole, not just the teeth. The cheeks, tongue, floor of the mouth, gums, upper palate, back of the throat, and neck will all be manually felt for hardened masses and swollen lymph nodes. Other abnormalities such as white or red patches, lumps, loose teeth, and ulcerations will also be looked for. Using OralID, we are able to see things in a different light and detect the earliest signs of concern. OralID uses proven fluorescence technology to detect even the earliest stages of mouth cancer.
At Pleasant Plains Dental, we are concerned for your oral health and your overall health. We understand that these two work together and can greatly impact your life – both positively and negatively. We are committed to providing you with the comprehensive and complete care that you and your family deserve. Contact us today for an appointment.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is most at risk of developing oral cancer?
Certain factors can increase the risk of developing oral cancer, although it can affect anyone. Men are more likely to develop oral cancer than women, and patients over 50 have an increased risk as well. People who smoke or chew tobacco and heavily consume alcohol are more susceptible to developing oral cancer. Excessive sun exposure without SPF can also be a factor. Additionally, individuals with a family history of oral cancer, as well as those with a history of human papillomavirus (HPV) infection, are considered at higher risk.
Is oral cancer preventable?
While it may not be entirely preventable, certain measures can significantly reduce the risk of developing oral cancer. Avoiding tobacco products and limiting alcohol consumption are crucial preventive measures. Additionally, protecting the lips from excessive sun exposure and maintaining a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables can contribute to overall oral health and potentially reduce a patient’s oral cancer risk. Early detection through regular dental screenings also plays a vital role in successful treatment outcomes.
Should I see a dentist or a doctor if I suspect oral cancer?
If you suspect oral cancer, it is recommended to see a dentist first. Dentists are trained to detect oral abnormalities and can perform a thorough examination of your mouth, teeth, and gums. Our team may also refer you to a specialist if necessary. Dental professionals play a crucial role in the early detection and prevention of oral cancer, so seeking an assessment from an experienced Pleasant Plains dentist if you suspect you may have oral cancer is always the best option.