Our team of dentists at Addison Dental realize the importance of regular oral cancer screenings and what they do to protect your overall health. Many of our patients ask, what we look for during a screening and why is it so vital to receive regular oral cancer screening. Below is what we tell our patients.
How We Perform Oral Cancer Screenings
Oral cancer screenings only take a few moments of your time and under our careful hands, is a comfortable procedure. Your family dentist at Addison Dental will fully examine your mouth for any possible signs of something they will need to further look into. They will examine the following warning signs:
- Changes in color to the gum tissue
- Changes in texture to the gum tissue
- Lumps or bumps in the tissue
- Sores that won’t heal in the tissue
- A continued hoarse voice or difficulty swallowing
- Any swelling or inflammation in your lymph nodes
These are a few warning signs of oral cancer and if you notice any of these in yourself contact our office right away. Your dentist will also ask you additional questions to learn of any possible non-visual warning signs.
What are the benefits of oral cancer screening?
Early diagnosis of oral cancer can save your life and eliminate countless other medical issues. Our dentists recommend regular oral cancer screenings at least twice a year to ensure protection. This allows us to notice the warning signs as soon as possible to begin treatment plans if needed.
For further questions or concerns regarding oral cancer screenings or your oral health, contact our dental clinic 630-984-9850. Don’t hesitate to provide yourself with the best of care! We encourage you to schedule a dental checkup for oral cancer with our dentists at Addison Dental today!