Oral cancer is a serious affliction that impacts tens of thousands of new people every year. Free oral cancer screenings are offered by Dental Partners of Boston as a part of each patient’s routine checkups. This is just one of the many specialty services our Boston office makes available to our patients in the New England area.
An oral cancer screening is a procedure that helps detect the presence of oral cancer in a patient. Oral cancer typically starts out as an unnoticed, tiny red or white sore or spot in the mouth. Oral cancer can appear in any area of the oral cavity which includes the tongue, the soft or hard palate, cheek lining, the lips, and gum tissue. A regular oral cancer screening as a part of your standard dental check-ups is vital to detecting pre-cancerous and cancerous conditions.
Oral cancer can be a life threatening disease—especially if left untreated. Oral cancer screenings are crucial to detecting and treating oral cancer. Typically, patients have a better chance of overcoming oral cancer when it is detected early as a result of regular oral cancer screenings. Although we recommend that all of our patients undergo oral cancer screenings, the following patients are considered to be more at risk for oral cancer:
An oral cancer screening takes roughly five minutes and is offered as part of the routine checkups given to our patients. Your dentist will examine your lips, tongue, cheeks, and gums for abnormalities during the course of your exam. Oral cancer screenings are fast, easy, and make a major difference in the fight against cancer.
Make an appointment today with Dental Partners of Boston and schedule a complete oral health checkup which includes an oral cancer screening. Our trained dentists and specialists are happy to answer any questions that you may have about oral cancer or other oral health related issues. We are dedicated to improving the oral health and smiles of our patients.
Maria E. Cardenas
Michael G. O’Toole