Cancer is the most dreaded disease in the world, but like other health problems, its early detection, and proper treatment can increase one’s chances of survival. Thankfully, screenings are now available to help patients avoid the adverse effects of oral cancer. At Lawrenceville Dental Associates, we know that most cases progress to its advanced stage before discovered. We have oral cancer screenings as part of our regular dental checkups to keep track of our patients’ oral wellness and overall health as well.
For those who are unaware of the condition and the importance of screenings, here are the most common questions the patients asked:
What is oral cancer?
The cells are the ones in charge of maintaining the tissues and organs in the body. A failure in the production and control of these cells can result in abnormal growth or malignant tumors. The uncontrollable growth of these cells can affect the surrounding healthy tissues. Oral cancer can spread to the lips, cheek lining, jaw, tongue, hard or soft palate, the floor of the mouth, throat (pharynx), and even sinuses.
Are screenings painful?
No. The dentist would only perform a visual and tactile examination of the mouth. Any portion of the mouth will be checked to make sure that there will be no irregularities that are missed. In other cases, as soon as the dentist detects any sign of irregularity additional treatments may be required.
How often should a patient undergo an oral cancer screening?
Most dentists and even the American Dental Association (ADA) advise patients to include screening to their routine dental visits. We at Lawrenceville Dental Associates believe the importance of the screening, that is why we include it in our dental cleanings and checkups. We also strongly advise our patients to see us every six months for the optimal care of their overall oral health.
What are the signs to watch out for?
- Red and white patches in the mouth
- Reduced ability in performing simple functions like jaw movements, chewing, or even swallowing
- The sudden change in the fit of dentures (full or partial)
- Tenderness in the gums or teeth
- Discomfort or difficulty in swallowing
- Strange lump in the neck, throat, or floor of the mouth
- Pain, discomfort, and numbness in the mouth
- Swelling in the neck
- Visible changes in the mouth tissues
Seeing a dentist for a proper screening for oral cancer can detect the earliest signs of the disease for its successful treatment.
For more inquiries about Oral Cancer Screening in Lawrenceville, GA, call us at Lawrenceville Dental Associates. You can also visit us at 171 Gwinnett Drive, Suite C, Lawrenceville, GA 30046.