One of the services we provide at our office is oral cancer screenings. These screenings are performed by one of our dentists in order to look for signs of cancer in the mouth. These screenings are performed in order to catch mouth cancer early. If oral cancer is caught at its onset, or even when precancerous conditions have begun to occur, there is a much higher chance of curing the disease.
What is an oral cancer screening?
While preventing the disease is best, if you are at high risk of oral cancer, a screening is a good way to check for signs of oral cancer. It is important to note that these screenings are not foolproof. However, they can catch some signs of oral cancer, and, if your dentist finds anything unusual, further tests can be conducted.
These oral cancer screenings can be performed during a routine examination, and sometimes additional tests might be used to look for abnormal cells.
How do you know if you’re a high risk patient?
If you are at high risk of oral cancer, we are more likely to screen for signs of the disease.
Some behaviors that contribute to oral cancer include:
-Tobacco use such as cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, snuff, etc.
-Heavy alcohol use
-A history of sun exposure which can increase the chance of lip cancer
If you have noticed any unusual lesions or discoloration in your mouth, please bring that up with us. We are happy to provide more throughtput screenings if necessary.
The only way to know for sure if a patient has oral cancer is to perform a biopsy. During the oral cancer screening, we will look for unusual sores and may conduct further tests to determine the cause of sores or lesions.
Contact us to find out more about oral cancer screenings.
Give the team at Dental Partners of Boston a call to learn more or to schedule an appointment for your oral cancer screening. Our friendly staff are happy to help find a time that is convenient for your busy schedule.