Oral cancer is the sixth most common cancer, and also has a high mortality rate. We don’t say this to scare you, but to ensure you understand the importance of oral cancer screening. Anyone can get oral cancer, although drinkers and smokers are at a much higher risk. The good news of this serious condition? Early detection will greatly improve the outcome.
ORAL CANCER SCREENING:
EARLY DETECTION TO SAVE
The first thing to always remember is to visit your dentist regularly for checkups. At Grand Street Dental in Williamsburg, bi-annual dental appointments are generally covered with a low cost under most dental insurance plans. During your routine exam, Dr. Plotnick will check for oral cancer signs or indicators, including feeling for irregular tissues or bumps in your mouth, neck, and head. If she notices anything unusual or concerning, a biopsy may be recommended for further examination.
COMMON SIGNS OF ORAL CANCER
Be assured that your Brooklyn neighborhood dentist has the skills and proper tools to detect early signs of oral cancer. While these symptoms may be due to other, less serious factors, it’s always important to visit Grand Street Dental to rule out the possibility of oral cancer. The most common symptoms of oral cancer include:
-Red or white sores or spots in the mouth
-A sore that does not heal or bleeds easily
-A thick, lump, or rough spot of irregular mouth tissue
-Pain, tenderness, or numbness in the mouth or on the lips
-Problems chewing, swallowing, speaking or moving your jaw
HOW TO PREVENT ORAL CANCER
Aside from visiting us for your checkup every six months, there are other ways you can prevent the development of oral cancer. The number one way to prevent oral cancer is to avoid all tobacco products. Also, for your overall health, maintaining a healthy and balanced diet has more benefits than just preventing oral cancer. Other tips include limiting your UVA/UVB sun exposure, and always wear protective lotions.
COME VISIT US TODAY
At Grand Street Dental we perform an oral cancer screening during all standard evaluations. Contact us today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Plotnick.