What Happens During an Oral Cancer Screening?

What Happens During an Oral Cancer Screening?

Visiting Dental Care of North Carolina for your twice-yearly dental exams and cleanings is one of the best ways to prevent the onset or progression of tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease. Every oral exam includes a quick and painless oral cancer screening to reveal abnormalities early on, ensuring the best possible treatment outcomes.

Oral Cancer: An Overview

Oral cancer can develop on the tongue, lips, gums, cheek lining, roof and floor of the mouth, and the back of the throat. It is considered one of the deadliest cancers because it often goes undetected until it is in the advanced stages. With over 54,000 Americans expected to be diagnosed with oral or oropharyngeal cancer this year, your dentist is your first line of defense against this potentially deadly disease.

What Are the Symptoms of Oral Cancer?

If any of the following signs of oral cancer develop, make sure to contact Dental Care of North Carolina for a screening right away.

  • Sores or lesions that bleed easily or do not heal
  • Red or white patches
  • Crusted, rough, or eroded areas in the mouth
  • Hard or thick lumps or spots
  • Pain, tenderness, or numbness
  • Loose teeth
  • Jaw pain or stiffness
  • Trouble moving the tongue, talking, chewing, or swallowing
  • A hoarse voice

These symptoms don’t necessarily translate to an oral cancer diagnosis. However, we highly recommend consulting with our team to ensure any abnormalities are identified and diagnosed in their early stages.

What Happens During an Oral Cancer Screening?

At Dental Care of North Carolina, we routinely screen for oral cancer during every comprehensive dental exam or cleaning. The painless physical exam helps uncover signs of oral cancer, potentially saving lives. When treated in its earliest stages, oral cancer has a very high survival rate.

During your oral cancer screening test, we will ask you if you have problems with speaking, chewing, swallowing, or moving any parts of your tongue or mouth or if you’ve noticed any recent changes. We will closely examine the soft tissues in the oral cavity and the surrounding muscles to rule out any concerns. If we find abnormal tissues, we may recommend a biopsy for further investigation.

Oral Cancer Screenings in Morrisville and Greensboro

Visit Dental Care of North Carolina to schedule your routine dental exam and cleaning. Our team will evaluate every aspect of your oral health and conduct an oral cancer screening to ensure you enjoy healthy smiles for a lifetime. Call us and schedule your appointment today!