Comprehensive Screening for Oral Cancer
While there are certainly more common oral health concerns, such as tooth decay, gum disease, and tooth loss, oral cancer is one of the most significant and threatening developments you might face. Your general dental care is meant to protect your oral health from all possible threats, and that includes regularly screening for oral cancer during your routine exam and cleaning appointments. This also includes a comprehensive visual inspection to check all corners of your oral tissues for potential warning signs. It can also include the use of digital imaging technology to produce clearer, more detailed, and enhanced images to ensure the most accurate diagnostic results.
What we screen for
Oral cancer screening is performed apart from a general dental exam because the focus is slightly different. Instead of checking for signs of chronic issues resulting from oral bacteria infection, the screening involves carefully examining every inch of your oral tissues for a wide range of signs that could indicate oral cancer. These may include:
- Sores in the mouth that don’t go away
- Bleeding from various spots in your oral tissues
- Tissue abrasions that don’t heal quickly, or at all
- Rough areas of tissue in the mouth and throat
- Red, white, or discolored patches of oral tissues
- Changes in the bone structure around your oral structures
- And more
We’ll also show you how to perform a comprehensive self-screening at home, which you should do at least once a month between your professional screenings. If we do notice any signs of concern, we may recommend an oral tissue biopsy be performed to determine if oral cancer has developed.
Schedule an oral cancer screening today
Regular oral cancer screenings can be vital to early detection and successful treatment, should oral cancer ever develop. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment with us, call the office of Dr. Stuart Dexter in Prairie Village, KS, today at 913-362-8200.