defining smiles oral cancer

Oral Cancer affects people of all ages and is a significant global health issue. We understand the importance of early detection to increase the chances of survival. In today’s blog, your Irving, TX, dentist will discuss how we perform routine oral cancer screenings, and how to recognize possible signs and symptoms.

How We Screen for Oral Cancer

In our practice, we take oral cancer screenings one step further with Oral ID technology. This screening tool uses a special light to detect cancerous or pre-cancerous lesions in their early stages. If we find a suspicious area, we will refer you to an oral surgeon for a simple biopsy so that the lesion can be properly diagnosed. Our examination also includes palpation of the head and neck lymph nodes to find hardened or fixed nodules. We recommend a dental oral cancer screening at least once every year.

What to Look For

You can also conduct an examination on yourself by checking for hardened and fixed nodules in the head and neck lymph nodes. Also look for red, white, or rough patches in the mouth that do not rub off. If they last more than two weeks, it is advisable to contact us for an exam and referrals. Sudden weight loss, changes in your voice, ear pain, or pain when swallowing could be symptoms as well. When you experience sudden pain or a sore throat that won’t heal, let us know right away.

How to Lower Your Risk

Quitting tobacco and alcohol products or at least reducing use is helpful. Protect your lips from sun exposure and use SPF lip balm. You may be surprised to hear that poor hygiene can contribute to oral cancer. If allowed to accumulate, the bacteria from not brushing and flossing can potentially increase your risk. Maintaining six-month dental check-ups will allow us to monitor you and keep your oral health optimized by reducing bacteria in your oral mouth.

Talk To Your Irving, TX Dentist About Scheduling Your Next Visit

We are here to help you live a full and healthy life. To find out more about our detailed dental examinations, please reach out to Defining Smiles in Irving, TX today at 972-717-0860.