Ten Minutes with Our Dentist Can Make All the Difference
The goal of an oral cancer screening is simple. We want to catch any signs of oral cancer at the earliest moment possible when there is the greatest chance for effective treatment. It is not uncommon for an experienced dentist in Yalesville to be able to identify pre-cancerous conditions and be able to help prevent the disease from advancing further. Dr. Forrester of Forrester Dental has over 20 years of experience in the industry and is intimately familiar with identifying the warning signs and knowing exactly how to address them.
During the earliest stages, cancerous tissue or precancerous lesions in the mouth are at their easiest to treat.
You should be aware that the factors that can increase the risk of oral cancer include:
- Heavy alcohol use
- Tobacco use, such as cigarettes, cigars, or chewing tobacco
- A history of significant sun exposure
- A previous oral cancer diagnosis
If you fall into any of these categories, ask your Yalesville dentist if an oral cancer screening is right for you. During your visit, we can also advise on ways to reduce your risk of oral cancer.
What to Expect During the Process
An oral cancer screening exam is conducted by a dentist who examines the inside of your mouth, feeling around for lumps or abnormalities in the tissue. Additionally, your dentist will check visually for sores or distinct white and red patches. If you wear dentures or other dental gear that can be taken out, you will be asked to do so, so the tissue underneath can be better accessed and examined.