One of the steps that your dentist takes when you go in for your regular checkups is checking for the earliest signs of oral cancer.
As with all cancers, if you catch oral cancer in its earliest stages, then you are far more likely to be able to treat it successfully.
Your dentist looks all around your mouth for signs of a problem, and has been trained in the best ways of finding problems as early as possible.
What Your Dentist is Looking for During an Oral Cancer Screening
During each visit to your dentist, your dentist is looking at a wide variety of things: your teeth, gums, tongue, and each surface in your mouth. They are not only looking to see if your teeth and gums are healthy, but also that there is nothing abnormal going on inside your mouth.
They are going to take a look for thicker patches of skin in your mouth, or lumps that could be the earliest sign of a problem. If you feel like you have a lump in your throat, this is also something your dentist can check.
He or she will look at any sores you have in your mouth, and if they look like they could be a problem, discuss how to get a sample to check the tissue. Most sores are simply from biting your lip, cheek, or tongue, but it is always better to err on the side of caution.
If you suspect that something is not right within your mouth, contact our office. Go in and see them, and tell them what feels off so they can take a look.
Your oral health is incredibly important, so start and maintain a solid relationship with the person responsible for keeping you at the optimal levels of health today!