Oral Cancer Screening At The Dentist
- Posted on: Oct 30 2016
A lot of folks in Texas will celebrate Day of the Dead in just a few days. It is a neat tradition that pays homage to our loved ones who have already left this world. But at Clear Lake Dental Care, we want to make sure that YOU remain among the living for as long as possible.
When you come in regularly (every 3-6 months) for your professional teeth cleanings and dental checkups, we will be able to examine you for any emerging concerns that need to be addressed. Among the things that our three great dentists look for is oral cancer. This is a silent killer.
Because cancerous changes in the mouth are all too often discovered too late, we want to make use of today’s blog post to tell you a little bit about how to avoid such a fate. Keep reading and then be sure to follow up and schedule your next preventive dental appointment in our Webster, TX dentist’s office. We’ll give you plenty of reasons to smile by the time we are through with you.
Oral Cancer Signs And Warnings
Oral cancer often starts out as a tiny sore or small spot inside the mouth. It can emerge in the inner cheeks, tongue, lips, gums as well as the soft and hard palate. When the spot is detected and treated early enough, the better your chances are of surviving. That is why we aggressively poke and prod you (in a gentle manner) when you are here. It will take a well-trained eye to keep things from getting out of control.
Oral Cancer Screening In Webster, TX
Oral cancer screening is a procedure that helps detect the presence of cancerous and precancerous changes in the mouth. Dr. Das makes sure that it is always quick, and noninvasive.
Everyone should get checked for this regularly, especially if you have a high risk for developing the condition. People who are at risk are those who use tobacco products and/or drink alcohol regularly, and also folks who have previously had oral cancer.
Here’s how it happens: during your regular checkup, our team will explain the screening process and what we are looking for. We will then examine your lips, tongue and mouth, looking for spots, sores, lesions, red or white patches, and other problems.
Following the visual examination, Dr. Das may use his fingers to detect lumps under the jaw. If any abnormalities are found, a biopsy can easily be performed.
That’s all it takes to maintain a cancer-free mouth.
Plan On Prevention!
We hope that you have been inspired to save your smile and your life by entrusting your oral health to CLear Lake Dental Care. If you ever notice strange sores, lesions, patches and color changes, get in touch with us immediately to set up your oral cancer screening. Otherwise, we’ll take care of it during your next preventive dentistry appointment!
Contact us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Das at our Webster, TX dentist’s office!
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