Oxnard Oral Cancer Screening
Although it is one of the talked about forms of cancer, it’s estimated that oral cancer affects more than 40,000 patients every year. One person every hour will succumb to it. Like other forms of cancer, early detection and treatment is the key to achieving a positive outcome – which is why scheduling regular dental cleanings every six months is such an important step for your health. These appointments are the perfect opportunity for one of our qualified professionals to perform an oral cancer screening. For more information about these screenings and what they entail, read our handy guide below.
What do oral cancer screenings entail?
An oral cancer screening is a completely painless process that takes only a few minutes during your bi-annual dental cleaning appointment. During the course of your cleaning, your dentist gently feels inside your mouth for any strange bumps on your tongue, inner cheeks, and gums. They will check for any tissue irregularities and sores inside your mouth. In some cases, they may ask you questions about any symptoms you may have been experiencing to see if you are exhibiting signs of cancer in your face, mouth, or head. If anything appears out of the ordinary, an oral biopsy will be ordered to do further tests.
Oral Cancer Symptoms
Oral cancer has a number of symptoms that may be easy to pass off as other dental issues. These include:
- Sores on the inside of your cheeks or on your gums that don’t heal within two weeks
- Bleeding in the mouth
- Numbness in the throat or mouth
- Ear pain
- Reddish or whitish patches on the inside of your cheek or gums
- Pain or difficulty when swallowing
- A jaw that does not move as freely as usual
- Teeth that have shifted out of alignment
It’s important to remember that oral cancer symptoms are not exclusively limited to your mouth. Your throat, ears, and sinuses may all be affected by oral cancer.
The Importance of Oral Cancer Screenings
Oral cancer kills more people each year than several of the well-known cancers, simply because fewer people are screened for it. Oral cancer screenings are very straightforward and completely painless; fear of the dentist should not stop you from being screened from this harmful disease. When caught early, oral cancer is one of the most easily treatable forms of the disease, so don’t wait; contact us for an appointment today to schedule your oral cancer screening. You can reach us by calling (805) 983-0245 or by using the convenient email form below. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and look forward to ensuring your good oral and overall health for years to come.