Oral Cancer Screenings

According to the American Cancer Society, over 50,000 people in The United States are diagnosed with oral cancer annually. It is a lethal disease that can affect people of any age, gender, or ethnicity. That’s why at Trinity Dental Centers, we offer routine oral cancer screenings to catch this disease at an early stage. Early diagnosis and treatment can help avert the serious complications of this condition and preserve your oral health. Our dental specialists perform a detailed clinical examination and use advanced measures to evaluate the presence of this disease. If you observe any irregular changes in your mouth, visit our practice for a screening test.
Oral Cancer Screenings

What Is Oral Cancer Screening?

It is a non-invasive, painless procedure that can detect the presence of this condition at an early stage. Just like other diagnostic tests, the purpose of this examination is to notice the early signs of oral cancer before they worsen.

Oral cancer screenings involve a visual inspection of your oral cavity, along with a physical examination of the head and neck areas. During the screening process, our dentists will keep an eye out for the possible signs of oral cancer. If we detect any abnormal changes, we may recommend further tests to attain an accurate diagnosis.

Questions About Oral Cancer Screenings

Indications For Routine Oral Cancer Screenings

Our specialists recommend all our patients undergo routine screenings, irrespective of their age, gender, or lifestyle factors. It is a preventive measure that can help avoid major complications in the future. However, certain groups are among the high-risk category and require close monitoring. The factors that can increase the risk of this disease include:

  • Chronic smoking or tobacco use
  • Frequent alcohol intake
  • Positive family history
  • History of precancerous conditions
  • Prolonged sun exposure
  • Infection with human papillomavirus (HPV)

 

If you or a family member fall into the high-risk category, it is important to get a screening exam as early as possible.

Signs And Symptoms Of Oral Cancer

Oral cancer often progresses silently, and you may not notice any changes until it reaches an advanced form. In many cases, people overlook some of the signs, misunderstanding them as common dental issues. Knowing the signs and symptoms of this chronic disease can help you seek early intervention and prevent serious complications. They include:

  • Abnormal lumps or nodules in the mouth
  • Sores that do not heal
  • Red or white lesions
  • Difficulty in eating or swallowing food
  • Sore throat without an apparent cause
  • Changes in occlusion/bite
  • Loss of sensation in certain regions
  • Pain in the gums, jaw, or other areas
  • Swelling in the jaw or neck region
  • Weight Loss

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Steps Involved In An Oral Cancer Screening

Visual Inspection

This is the first part of the screening exam. Our dentists will use a dental mirror to inspect the lips, teeth, gums, cheeks, tongue, palate, and other regions of the mouth. During the exam, we will look for any irregular bumps, sores, or patches that may indicate the presence of oral cancer. It is completely painless, and you will not feel discomfort during this procedure.

Physical Examination

After performing a visual exam, we will palpate around the head, neck, and oral soft tissues for abnormal lumps or nodules. These changes are often not visible in the oral cavity, but we can detect their presence during a physical exam. If we feel any swollen lymph nodes in the head and neck region that can also be a sign of this disease.

Diagnostic Tests

If we detect any abnormal changes within or around your oral cavity during screening, we may conduct further tests to get an accurate result. The best diagnostic test is a biopsy, which involves taking a sample from the abnormal lesion and viewing it under a microscope. It gives precise results about the presence of cancerous cells in your mouth.

What Is The Importance Of Routine Oral Cancer Screenings?

It is a known fact that oral cancer is a serious disease that may cause lethal complications if left untreated. In order to prevent these consequences, it is best to get routine oral cancer screenings at our dental practice. Early detection can help you receive proper treatment and greatly improve the quality of your life.

According to the American Dental Association (ADA), adults 18 years and older should get oral cancer screenings as a part of their routine dental checkups. People who are at a higher risk of this disease may require more frequent exams. If you or a loved one are in the high-risk category, consult with our dental specialists about a screening schedule.

Book Your Appointment Today

At our dental clinic, we offer routine oral cancer screenings as a part of preventive care. We are committed to providing high-quality services to all our patients and helping them maintain their healthy, beautiful smiles. If you have any oral health concerns, contact us at (281) 724-4510 to schedule an appointment. 
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