Learn the benefits of oral cancer screening
Oral cancer can be a life-threatening disease. Many people assume that if they do not smoke, they don’t have to worry about it, but oral cancers can affect patients of all ages, whether or not they use tobacco. Smile In Style, Diem Do DDS offers routine oral cancer screening for patients.
Early diagnosis is crucial
As with any cancer, the sooner you catch oral cancer, the better the prognosis. The early intervention significantly increases the success rate, and you will have a wider variety of treatment options. Unfortunately, the first signs of oral cancer are not always apparent unless you know what to look for.
That is why Dr. Do incorporates oral cancer screening into your routine dental check-up. Dr. Do will check your mouth for abnormal tissues or sores. We understand that unnecessary diagnostic procedures can be needlessly stressful. He has nearly 20 years of experience with oral pathologies to draw upon when checking your mouth for abnormalities. In some cases, he may recommend a biopsy and microscopic analysis. In other cases, he may recommend monitoring any anomalies or having them removed.
Contact our office today if you have symptoms
There are over 60 kinds of oral cancer, and one may present very differently than another. Some people with oral cancer may notice persistent sores in their lips, cheeks, or gums. You may also notice an unusual red or white patch of tissue, loose teeth, difficulty swallowing, or mouth and ear pain. If you have lumps in your jaw or throat, you may need screening. Older people who drink alcohol and use tobacco products are at the highest risk, but even children may develop oral cancer. Oral cancer is also linked to tooth decay and periodontal disease. Maintaining good oral hygiene can reduce your risk.
The best way to ensure you get a prompt diagnosis is to visit the dentist twice a year, or as the dentist recommends depending on your risk factors. Dr. Diem Do will make oral cancer screenings a regular part of your oral health care. Contact us today at (504) 340-9400 to schedule an appointment.