Our office is trained to be on the lookout for many signs of disease. Many oral cancers have a high success rate of being treated, especially when diagnosed and treated early. Therefore, early detection of precancerous tissue can minimize or eliminate the potential effects of oral cancer.
There are multiple factors that might affect your risk profile. Though it is not definitive what triggers the mutation of cells, the following factors have been found to increase the risk of developing oral cancer:
The term 'oral cancer' includes cancerous growths in the cheeks, lips, mouth, throat, sinus, tongue, or anywhere in the oral cavity.
Your dentist will usually conduct an oral screening exam as part of your routine dental exam. We know how a healthy mouth should look and the symptoms that we should look out for. Your dentist will feel for any lumps or irregular tissue changes in your neck, head, face, and oral cavity. When examining your mouth, your dentist will look for any sores or discoloured tissue as well as any of the other symptoms listed above.
There are some precautionary steps that you could take to minimize the risk of oral cancer. Most of these prevention methods revolve around maintaining a healthy lifestyle:
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed or are concerned about your oral health, do not wait for your next routine exam. Call or schedule an appointment with us at your earliest convenience.