Oral cancer screenings are an essential part of your preventive dental care routine. These screenings help our dentist detect early signs of mouth and throat cancers, which makes it easier to treat the cancer before it spreads to other parts of the body. At MountainView Dental, we offer oral cancer screenings in Hurricane.
An oral cancer screening is a test your dentist performs to check for cancerous or precancerous conditions in your mouth. Your dentist will check your lips, tongue, gums, cheeks, palate, and tonsils for oral tissue abnormalities, including white spots and growths.
Everyone can benefit from regular oral cancer screenings. They are particularly essential for people who smoke or use tobacco products, drink alcohol excessively, have a family history of cancer, or have HPV. This is because early detection is critical to successfully treating oral cancer. If caught early enough, oral cancer is highly treatable. Oral cancer screenings can help detect any abnormal cells before they become cancerous.
The Causes of Oral Cancer
Oral cancer is caused by the uncontrolled growth of cells in the mouth. Various factors, including tobacco use, alcohol consumption, sun exposure, and poor oral hygiene can cause this. Oral cancer can also be caused by human papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually transmitted infection.
Oral cancer screenings are important because they can help detect oral cancer in its early stages when it is easier to treat. Early detection is critical to successful treatment and can improve the chances of survival. Additionally, oral cancer screenings can help identify other oral health problems that may contribute to the development of oral cancer.
What Should I Expect During My Oral Cancer Screening?
The dentist will visually examine your oral cavity, including your lips, gums, tongue, the roof of your mouth, and the back of your throat. They will use a bright light and a mirror to carefully inspect the tissues for abnormalities, such as red or white patches, lumps, sores, or unusual growths. The dentist will also check for changes in the color or texture of the tissues.
During the physical examination, the dentist will use gloved hands to palpate or feel the tissues in your mouth and neck. They will gently check for any lumps, bumps, or areas of tenderness. This part of the exam helps the dentist assess the consistency and mobility of oral tissues.
Thorough Examination of Risk Factors
Our dentists in Hurricane, UT, pays particular attention to areas at higher risk for oral cancer, such as the mouth's floor, the tongue's sides, and the soft palate. They will also check the lymph nodes in your neck for any signs of enlargement or tenderness, as this can indicate cancer spread.
By participating in these screenings as part of your routine dental visits, you participate in something essential to maintaining your oral health and overall well-being. For the best care, visit MountainView Dental at 52 South 850 West, Suite 201, Hurricane, UT 84737, or call (435) 635-9471.