Oral Cancer Screening in Sun City West, AZ
Dedicated to Complete Oral Health
We are here to make sure you have a healthy smile. To help you get and keep that healthy smile, we are dedicated to helping you have a healthy life. One way we prove our dedication to our patients is by conducting oral cancer screenings during your regular dental checkups. Like every form of cancer, oral cancer can be life-threatening if it is not diagnosed and treated early.
Signs of Trouble
Though some of the potential signs of oral cancer might be caused by less serious problems, this short screening will help us understand if there are additional steps that need to be taken. The most common symptoms of oral cancer include:
Red or white spots or sores throughout your mouth
Sores that bleed and do not heal
A lump, thickening, or rough spot
Pain, tenderness, or numbness anywhere in the mouth or on the lips
Difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking, or moving the jaw or tongue
Mouth Cancer Screening
We are proud to say our staff has been trained to perform simple, quick screenings that involve a full-mouth screening that can detect cancerous and precancerous conditions. In addition to a visual examination, we will also check the tissue of your mouth and through to detect potential problems. If there are any areas of concern, we might conduct a simple test to collect cells from your mouth that can be sent to a laboratory for analysis. If the results come back positive, we might suggest a biopsy.
Oral Cancer Prevention
In addition to the oral cancer screening during your regularly scheduled dental checkup, there are several things you can do to prevent oral cancer:
Avoid all tobacco products and only drinking alcohol in moderation
Maintaining a healthy, balanced diet
Limiting your lips exposure to the sun and always wearing UV-A/B-blocking sun protective lotions on your skin and lips
Asking your Sun City West dentist to perform an oral cancer screening.
Contact our practice near Surprise, AZ, to schedule your dental checkup and oral cancer screening today. We look forward to meeting you!