Oral Cancer Screening
An oral cancer screening is used to detect cancerous and pre-cancerous conditions in the oral cavity. This helps in early detection and treatment of oral cancer before it causes irreversible harm to the mouth and body. At Dental Crown in an Hour, we perform oral cancer screenings as a part of the regular dental checkups conducted for all patients at our clinic.
Research shows that people who use tobacco or smoke or drink a lot are at a higher risk of developing the disease. Recently, it has also been found that the human papillomavirus (HPV), which is transmitted by sexual contact, is associated with cancers of the mouth and throat. In fact, HPV is known to be an increasing cause of oral cancer cases in non-smoking adults.
During the course of your oral cancer screening, our dental experts will talk to you about the history of your health and will examine your mouth, lips, teeth and throat for any abnormalities. The examination will be performed visually as well as by touching and feeling different areas of the mouth. In case anything suspicious is found, we will perform a simple brush test to take a sample tissue from your mouth and send it to a lab for testing. If the test results are atypical or positive, we may conduct a biopsy.
Symptoms Of Oral Cancer
- Red or white patches anywhere in the oral cavity
- A sore or irritation in the mouth that does not go away
- Tenderness, numbness or pain in mouth or lips
- Difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking or moving your tongue or jaw
- A lump, thickening, small eroded area, crust or rough spot
- A change in the way your teeth fit together upon closing your mouth
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned above for more than two weeks, we suggest you to schedule an oral cancer screening at a Dental Crown in an Hour clinic location nearest to you. We are located at:
Naples: 9960 Business Circle Unit # 14 Naples, FL 34112 (239) 330-3842
Fort Myers: 16960 Alico Mission Way Ste 100-101 Fort Myers, FL 33908 (239) 322-3473