Oral cancer kills and if you haven’t had an oral cancer screening, or can’t remember the last time you did, call or click and schedule an appointment with Timberview Family Dentistry who can help your primary care physician determine if there are any red flags. Dr. Julie Storm will check your neck, throat, cheeks, tongue, teeth, and gums to make sure that there are no abnormalities.
When you schedule an appointment for your bi-annual checkup make sure to tell the Timberview Family Dentistry receptionist that you would like to be screened for oral cancer. Early detection is the biggest defense against oral cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, early detection can prevent the cancer spreading and even death. The earlier the detection, the better chance of survival.
Although there are several types of oral cancer nearly 90 percent are squamous meaning they originated in the lips or mouth. Oral cancer most often involves your tongue, however it can also occur on the lining of your cheeks, the roof of your mouth, your gums, and the floor of your mouth.
During a screening for oral cancer, the licensed team from Timberview Family Dentistry will:
Visually examine your lips, neck, face, your oral cavity, and your nose. Dr. Storm will look for any abnormalities including patches of discoloration, bumps, swelling, and ulcerations. A mirror and light will also be used to give TVF Dentistry the best possible view.
Your head and cheeks will be examined and Dr. Storm will feel around your jaw and your chin to check for masses or nodules. If there are any present a biopsy may be needed for further examination. If anything is unusual, TVF Dentistry will consult with your primary care physician.
A screening for oral cancer is the best way to detect oral cancer. Call or click and schedule an oral cancer screening for your entire family today.