Even if you do not smoke, use tobacco in any of its many forms or drink excessive amounts of alcohol, you may still be at risk of developing oral cancer. No form of cancer will be pleasant for those who develop it, but oral cancers are especially prone to destroying your quality of life. That said, you and your dentist have the ability to prevent seventy-five percent of all oral cancers before they start. If you would like to reduce your susceptibility to oral cancer, please read on, then contact one of our experienced oral cancer screening dentists located in Basking Ridge and Morristown, NJ to learn what you should expect during your oral cancer screening.
What is your dentist looking for during an oral cancer screening?
During an oral cancer screening exam, which will be entirely painless for the patient, your dentist looks over the inside of your mouth to check for red or white patches or mouth sores. Using gloved hands, he or she also feels the tissues in your mouth to check for lumps or other abnormalities. Your dentist may also examine your throat and neck for lumps just to be on the safe side. He or she will consider the following, as well:
- Lumps or bumps, rough spots/crusts/eroded areas on your lips, gums or other areas inside of your mouth
- Velvety white, red or speckled white-and-red patches in your mouth
- Unexplained bleeding in your mouth
- Unexplained numbness or pain/tenderness in any area of your face, mouth or neck
- Soreness or a feeling that something is caught in the back of your throat
- Difficulty chewing or swallowing, speaking or moving your jaw or tongue
- Chronic sore throat, hoarseness or voice changes
- Ear pain
- Changes in your “bite”
- Dramatic weight loss
What types of oral cancer is your dentist screening for?
Your dentist is hoping to prevent you from developing any of the following:
- Minor salivary gland, including adenoid cystic carcinoma (ACC) Mucoepidermoid carcinoma, Polymorphous low-grade adenocarcinoma and Carcinoma ex-pleomorphic adenoma
- Mucosal melanoma
- Squamous cell carcinoma
If your dentist discovers any abnormalities, he or she may ask you to undergo a biopsy to determine whether the findings are cancerous. Our team has been conducting oral cancer screenings and treating their findings since 1947, so we have the experience needed to help you with the minimal amount of discomfort. Do not let it get worse. Please give us a call today.
Contact The Dental Associates of Basking Ridge
Dental Associates of Basking Ridge is a compassionate, gentle, and professional state-of-the-art dental practice serving Basking Ridge, Morris & Somerset County. Our office is always ready to greet our patients with a smile, take the time to answer any questions, and provide the quality dental services our patients expect. Please contact us to schedule an appointment. We look forward to serving you!