Oral Cancer Screening
Oral Cancer Screening in East Brunswick, NJ
At Dental Magik, we do Oral cancer screening at your every recare visit.
The Sign and Symptoms of Oral Cancer
Oral cancer is characterized by abnormal cell growth in the mouth, lips, tongue or throat. With early detection, oral cancers have a high rate of successful treatment. The people at the most significant risk for oral cancers are those over the age of 45, but regardless of your age, you should opt for oral cancer screening if you’ve experienced any of the following symptoms:
- Discolored patches in your mouth or on your lips, including white or dark red.
- Unfamiliar lumps or unusual changes in texture.
- Canker sores that won’t heal, numb patches or persistent bleeding.
- Unique feeling tongue, change in the sense of taste and difficulty swallowing.
The risk factors for oral cancer
Some several behaviours and conditions are associated with a higher risk of oral cancer. These include:
- Smoking or consuming tobacco products such as cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco
- Heavy or moderately heavy consumption of alcohol (especially combined with smoking)
- Possibility of human papillomavirus (HPV) infection of the mouth.
- Excessive exposure to the sun; a lifestyle that includes lots of sun exposure.
- A poor diet or poor eating habits.
- Family history of oral cancer.
- Oral cancer is more common in men than in women.
- A history of leukoplakia (a thick, whitish-colour patch that develops inside the mouth)
How can I prevent myself from oral cancer?
To reduce your risk, the best thing to do is stop using smokeless tobacco products. It is the most significant historical risk of developing oral cancer. Although it’s not better for your lungs to smoke cigarettes than for your oral health, smoking can make you more likely to develop cancer. It is also a good idea to stop using tobacco products and limit your alcohol intake. Although alcohol is not considered dangerous in small amounts, you are more at risk if you consume it regularly or excessively. It is essential to avoid sunburns and limit sun exposure. To determine if your body is a candidate to receive the HPV vaccine, you should speak with your doctor. To determine if you are already infected, you may want to have your blood tested.
Contact Us Today to schedule an initial consultation & exam
Your consultation will include examining everything from your teeth, gums and soft tissues to the shape and condition of your bite. Generally, we want to see how your whole mouth looks and functions. Before we plan your treatment, we want to know everything about the health and aesthetic of your smile.