Oral Cancer Screening

“Dear Dr. Goldberg,
I am writing to sincerely thank you for your good care and concern as a doctor and medical professional. Without your help, I wouldn’t have discovered I had oral cancer so quickly, and the lesion on my tongue would have gone unnoticed for a longer period of time. I went to many doctors before our visit, and no one else had been able to assess the problem at hand. I am very grateful for your help, as I was able to catch it with enough time to have a successful round of surgery before it spread to other parts of my body. The care I received from you was attentive, kind, and I am forever grateful that you work to help others in medical need. I will never forget what you did for me. Thank you for everything.”

A complete intra-oral / extra-oral exam is a MUST for every patient

Our office is not only dedicated to your smile, we’re also dedicated to your overall wellness. We take a holistic approach to your dental care, which includes an oral cancer screening as a part of your regular exam. Like other kinds of cancer, oral cancer can be life threatening if not diagnosed and treated early.

We have the skills and tools to identify early signs and symptoms of oral cancer and pre-cancerous conditions. Although these symptoms may be caused by other, less serious problems, it is essential to visit our office to rule out the possibility of oral cancer.

The most common symptoms of oral cancer include:

  • Red or white spots or sores anywhere in the oral cavity
  • A sore that bleeds easily or does not heal
  • A lump, thickening, or rough spot
  • Pain, tenderness, or numbness anywhere in the mouth or on the lips
  • Difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking, or moving the jaw or tongue

Our team is trained in a simple, quick screening that involves an examination of your oral cavity as a whole, and not just your teeth, to detect cancerous and precancerous conditions. Besides a visual examination of your mouth, we will also feel the tissue of your mouth and throat to detect any abnormalities.

If we find an area of concern, we may perform a simple test, such as a brush test, which collects cells from a suspicious lesion in the mouth to be sent to a laboratory for analysis. If this test comes back atypical or positive, we may recommend a biopsy.

Aside from receiving an oral cancer screening during your checkup at our office, there are many things you can do to help prevent oral cancer.

  • The best way is to avoid all tobacco products and only drink alcohol in moderation.
  • Maintain a healthy, balanced diet.
  • Limit your exposure to the sun and always wear UV-A/B-blocking, sun-protective lotions on your skin as well as your lips.
  • During your next dental appointment, ask us to perform an oral exam. Early detection of oral cancer can improve the chance of successful treatment.
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