The word cancer scares us all, but the more informed we are about this disease, the easier it is to protect ourselves and our loved ones against it. This is particularly true for oral cancer, which is a disease that may not show any visible symptoms until it has progressed to an advanced form, but is easily treatable when detected in early stages. That is why, at the office of Dental Arts, we offer regular oral cancer screenings as a part of the dental examination for all our patients.
Smokers and tobacco users are at a higher chance of developing oral cancer. However, it has been found that the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is the most common cause of oral cancer among non-smoking adults. The virus is spread via sexual contact.
Having bumps, lumps, bumps and occasional sores in and around the mouth is common. But in case you see red or white ulcers, patches or lumps in your mouth or on your face or neck, it is best to have them checked. Most oral cancers progress as scale-shaped carcinomas and exist as lesions on the floor of the mouth under the tongue and on the sides of the tongue.
Regular screening for oral cancer is one of the most effective ways to prevent the occurrence of the disease or to diagnose and treat it in its early stages. The screening includes a visual and touch-and-feel inspection of your lips, mouth, teeth, gums, tongue, throat as well as the insides of your cheeks. In case we see anything to worry about, a simple brush test is done to collect a tissue sample. This sample is sent to a lab for analysis, and if the results are positive or atypical, we may order a biopsy.
Schedule your oral cancer screening at Dental Arts by calling us at (414) 462-3160.