Oral Cancer Screening
Dental exams are the best way to maintain strong teeth and avoid any serious, lasting dental complications that can arise. Most people with tooth decay and cavities can be treated by improving their oral hygiene practices. However, when it comes to more serious conditions like oral cancer, a comprehensive dental exam is preferred.
An oral cancer screening is an exam performed by our dentists of the face, inside the mouth, and jaw. This is in order to help us find and identify any signs of oral cancer. Oral cancer the affects a large number of the population. At Keizer Family Dental, we are aware of the statistics and provide oral cancer screenings to our patients to detect any warning signs of oral cancer.
Who is Eligible for an Oral Cancer Screening?
People who engage in recreational activities like using tobacco should have an oral cancer screening exam. When chewed, the tobacco has a high risk of causing oral cancer, so dental exams help identify any symptoms. Heavy drinkers are also at risk because of the ethanol found in alcohol, which poisons cells and damages your DNA.
Patients with a history of cancer in their family are also at risk and can benefit from an oral cancer screening. Anyone concerned with their oral hygiene can get the screening to assess their overall health. Even with good oral habits, it can be difficult to tell signs of cancer, so it is advised to visit our clinic for checkups.
What Happens During an Oral Cancer Screening?
Our team will first examine your face, neck, and outer jaw during your first oral cancer screening for any noticeable lumps. Then we proceed to the tongue, teeth, lips, and inner mouth tissue. We feel the mouth's inner tissue to check for anything that should not be there.
A screening light pointed in the mouth makes healthy tissue appear dark and sick tissue appear white to identify any problem areas. This procedure takes a short time to complete and can even be done after a dental cleaning. Our team is trained to identify the tiniest signs of cancer in your mouth and advise on what to do next.
Benefits of Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer screening is important since it helps us discover mouth cancer at its early stages. If there are any signs of cancer in the mouth, our team can provide the best way forward on treatment. Early detection enables helps save lives. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that adults get oral cancer screening exams done frequently since they significantly improve patients' survival rates.
Oral cancer screenings go a long way in preventing dental complications and cancer. Our main aim during this procedure is to make sure there are no cancer symptoms present, and your teeth are healthy. To get your oral cancer screening visit us at Keizer Family Dental or contact us at (971) 345-8563 for any inquiries or to book an appointment with us.