Like any cancer, early detection is key to treatment and survival. According to the American Cancer Society, about 50,000 people develop oral cancer each year and about 9,700 people will die from it.
Oral cancer is also one of the most curable cancers when diagnosed early. That’s why our team incorporates a thorough oral screening into every dental exam.
An oral cancer screening is simple and painless and is easily performed as part of your regular check-up.
The Oral Cancer Screening Procedure at The Grove City Center for Dentistry
During your regular dental hygiene exam, we will search for any bumps on your inner cheek, gums or tongue that look or feel unusual. Dr. Simone and Dr. Lowe will review your health history and ask if you have had any soreness in your mouth, and then check for any signs of oral cancer on your head and face.
If we see any signs of oral cancer, we will recommend you visit your regular doctor for additional consultation.
What are the symptoms of oral cancer?
Oral cancer can occur in any area of your mouth, including your cheeks, gums, lips, tongue, throat, salivary glands, pharynx, larynx and sinuses.
If you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms, please contact your dentist or doctor immediately:
- Sores, lumps or abnormal patches your mouth.
- Unexplained loose teeth
- Hoarseness or a sore throat that lingers
- Red or white lesions in your mouth or on your lips
- Feeling of a lump that is stuck in your throat
- Swelling of your gums
- Ongoing numbness or tenderness in your mouth, including your tongue
- Problems moving your jaw or tongue for no apparent reason
For additional information about symptoms you may be experiencing or if you would like to schedule an Oral Cancer Screening at The Grove City Center for Dentistry, contact us today at firstname.lastname@example.org or 614-945-4591. Feel free to use our online contact form below, or even click to schedule a consultation online.