Oral Cancer Screening
Are you interested in“oral cancer screenings near me?”
Oral cancer screenings are an important part of our oral exam that we perform for our patients at our office in Wall Township, NJ.
Call our dentistry today to keep your smile healthy!
What causes oral cancer?
While the Illinois Department of Public Health recently published an article claiming that 90% of oral cancer patients use tobacco, it is not limited to those with tobacco usage. Smokeless tobacco also known as “snuff” or “chewing tobacco” creates more issues in the cheeks, gums and inner surfaces of the lips, whereas smokers may have higher risk on the lips, especially if exposed to the UV light associated with sunlight. Alcohol usage and poor diet are two other factors associated with higher risk for oral cancer.
What are some of the symptoms of oral cancer?
Some of the symptoms of oral cancer include persistent pain or discomfort in the mouth, a thickening of the tissue especially in the cheek, difficulty in moving the tongue, lumps in the mouth or neck area, lingering sore throat, and white or red patches inside the mouth. Please note that these early signs or symptoms alone DO NOT always equate to the patient having oral cancer. These symptoms could be from a tooth abscess, a cheek biting, trauma, pizza burn, or a canker sore. However, do not hesitate to schedule a screening with the dentist if you have any worries.
By identifying these lesions in the mouth, the dentist can take the next step to have the area evaluated further. By treating the cancer early, the success recovery rate of the patient is significantly higher.
What do oral cancer screenings involve?
During an oral cancer screening, your dentist will typically check around all areas of the mouth (i.e. gums, tongue, dental floor) for any white or red areas of concern. The screening also involves feeling around the mouth for lumps and other abnormalities.
Not all forms of oral cancer can be detected through a typical screening. Follow-up visits with the dentist and labs to test for cancer cells may also be required from the patient.
How often should patients meet with a dentist for cancer screening?
Dr. Avi Israeli of Sage Dental believes that every patient should be screened for at least once a year. Patients with a higher risk of oral cancers should be evaluated twice a year. This would include smokers, tobacco chewers, males, people with frequent sun exposure, unhealthy diets and excessive alcohol consumption. In addition, people with GERD (gastro-espohageal reflux disease) or have a genetic predisposition for cancer especially should have check-ups even more frequently for early detention.
If you have noticed any dramatic weight loss, unexplained ear pain, tongue soreness, sensitive blisters or mouth sores that don’t heal or cause difficulty swallowing or speaking, please contact Dr. Avi Israeli at Sage Dental to meet with him immediately for a consultation and screening.
We offer gentle, empathetic and skillful assessments to help keep our patients healthy.