|Oral Cancer Screening
A simple, though extremely important, a piece of your annual dental checkup is to screen for signs and symptoms of oral cancer. Statistically, a majority of oral cancer warnings are first spotted by a dentist.This painless screening is done quickly and easily with the potential of being life-saving. At Oak Park Dental our goal is to provide our patients with complete oral health, this includes the tissue around the mouth. Everything plays a role, and we want each area of your oral structure to be in harmony for full function. If one of our dentists, Dan O'Leary DDS or Carl Stubblefield DMD, and Paul Brannen DMD, see an area of concern we can then direct you to the right resources for further examination.
An oral screening is done through visual inspection, though we may choose to use a probe and occasionally feel areas with our hands. We will inspect your neck, chin, cheeks, lips, the tissue inside of your mouth, tonsils, tongue, and gums. This process is painless. The dentist is simply looking for anything that is out of the area of normal. This may include:
But I Don’t Smoke…
We often hear in the media about the connection between the use of tobacco products such as cigarettes or chewing tobacco and the development of oral cancer. Though it is true that smoking greatly increases your likelihood of developing oral cancer, there are other factors that can cause a cancerous growth to begin. For some patients, oral cancer may just be part of a hereditary development. Other risk factors that can increase your likelihood of developing oral cancer include:
At Oak Park Dental, we provide Oral Cancer Screenings to all of our patients no matter the age, gender, or if we suspect they are a high risk. Oral cancer can be a potentially dangerous problem and the earlier it is caught and dealt with the better.
If one of our dentists, Dan O'Leary DDS or Carl Stubblefield DMD, and Paul Brannen DMD, spot an area of concern, they can request a biopsy. When further information indicates a larger problem, then we can help direct you to the right resources. Oral cancer is not something that you want to ignore.
Oral Cancer Screenings with Your Exam
This simple and fast screening can save you in time, resources, and larger problems. We invite you to ask our dentist questions or to point out areas of concern. We can help you take a further look. Our team takes your treatment seriously. If you would like to discuss oral cancer with our office, contact Oak Park Dental at (971) 600-0211.
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