Oral Cancer Screening

Oral cancer slays one person in America every hour of every day. Among the newly diagnosed, about half will be alive in five years. While these statistics are staggering, early diagnosis can decrease the intensity of cancer and even increase the chance of surviving this disease. At Pristine Smiles, Dr. Z offers oral cancer screening to catch mouth cancer early on in her family dentistry patients.

Why is cancer screening important?

As previously mentioned, oral cancer is common and kills thousands annually. So, the objective of regular oral cancer screenings is to detect malignant cancerous lesions early. So, what they are easier to remove and cure.

What happens during an oral cancer screening?

Oral cancer screening is straightforward and non-invasive. Many patients don’t realize it’s happening because they are quick and painless. Usually, it starts with a tactile and visual exam. Also, Dr. Z might recommend digital x-rays for a closer look with low radiation.

When you’re ready to start, you can carefully feel and look for signs of cancer on the lymph nodes, neck, lips, gum tissues, inside the cheeks, along the tongue, the back of the throat, tonsils, and the floor, and roof of the mouth. If you notice any new lumps or discolorations, contact Pristine Smiles if symptoms persist or bother you for more than two weeks.

How often should I screen for mouth cancer?

Like other cancers, your dentist should screen for oral and oropharyngeal cancers annually.

Regular Oral Cancer Screenings Could Save Your Life

Dental needs are often overlooked, but Dr. Z and her Pristine Smiles team can elevate your dental health through routine oral cancer screenings. Take your first step to a better smile and schedule a mouth cancer screening in Knoxville, TN. Call (865) 693-9474 or message us online.