The Importance of Oral Cancer Screenings
By Impressions Dental
June 24, 2019
Category: Oral Health

Oral CancerDid you know that an oral cancer screening can save your life? It’s true. In fact, oral cancer screenings are the most vital tool to diagnose oral cancer in its early stages. Early diagnosis leads to early treatment, providing a better outcome for you. Dr. Sophia Lee at Impressions Dental in Vaughan, ON, offers a full range of dental services including oral cancer screenings to protect your health and the health of your smile.

Oral cancer can be very serious, even fatal. Early diagnosis is critical.

Self-examination for oral cancer can also help. You should do regular self-exams if you smoke or use tobacco products. You should use a small mouth mirror and check the roof of your mouth, inside of your cheeks, under your tongue, and your lips. You should pay attention to:

  • Thickened, rough areas of tissue
  • Red or white patches of tissue
  • Open lesions that don’t heal

You may also notice symptoms like these:

  • Chronic irritation or soreness in your mouth
  • Numbness or tenderness in your mouth or lips
  • Swollen lymph nodes or swelling in your mouth or face
  • Difficulty moving your tongue or jaw
  • Pain when you chew, speak, or swallow
  • Frequent sore throat or hoarse voice

If you notice any of the signs or symptoms listed above, visit your dentist as soon as possible. Your dentist will do a comprehensive oral cancer screening which includes checking your gums, cheeks, lips, roof of your mouth, and the sides, underneath, and top of your tongue. Dr. Lee will be looking for any abnormal looking tissue, swelling, or other indications of possible oral cancer.

Your dentist may need to take a small tissue sample and submit it for a biopsy. The cells in the tissue sample will be examined under a microscope to look for abnormalities. This is called a biopsy, and it is the definitive way to determine if you have oral cancer.

An oral cancer screening can save your life, and regular screenings are especially important if you smoke, drink excessive amounts of alcohol, or use tobacco products. To find out more about the importance of oral cancer screenings, call Dr. Sophia Lee at Impressions Dental in Vaughan, ON. Find out more by calling today!