ORAL CANCER SCREENING
Oral cancer screening at Jarvis Family Dental
What is oral cancer and how can it be prevented?
Oral cancer screening consists of a thorough, detailed examination of your mouth, teeth and gums to check for signs of cancer or other serious oral hygiene issues.
Early detection of oral cancer is essential in order to ensure proper treatment and preventative measures are undertaken, and to reduce the chances that it will spread and lead to more pain or complications.
During the screening, your dentist will carefully look for lesions that can be treated if they are caught early enough.
What Are The Causes of Oral Cancer?
Individuals with habits such as chewing or smoking tobacco cigarettes and heavy alcohol use are more susceptible to cancer. Other potential causes and risk factors include heavy sun exposure, poor diet, and poor oral hygiene.
What Areas Are Commonly Affected By Oral Cancer?
The most commonly affected areas are the lips, tongue, gums, inner cheeks, roof of the mouth, and the back of the mouth and throat.
What Are The Symptoms Of Oral Cancer?
Symptoms of oral cancer can include:
- Appearance of red or white patches in the mouth
- Open mouth sores
- Loose teeth
- Sudden pain or discomfort when eating or speaking
- Frequent earaches
Oral cancer can appear in anyone at any time, even younger and healthier individuals. If you or a loved one have been experiencing any of the above symptoms or are concerned you may be at risk, schedule a screening at our office.
Contact Us To Schedule An Oral Cancer Screening
Proactive and preventative measures are the best way to help detect and treat oral cancer and other serious oral hygiene issues.
The team at Jarvis Family Dental consists of caring, compassionate dentists, dental assistants and dental hygienists who have the training and equipment to detect oral cancer and help provide the proper treatment.
Call us at 519 587 3368 to schedule an oral cancer screening today.