Cancer of all types can be extremely lethal. However, it is usually less so if it is caught in its early stages. Therefore, oral cancer screenings can be extremely beneficial and even life-saving. During every checkup, your Mansfield TX dentists, Dr. Jones and Dr. Harris, perform visual oral cancer screenings, looking for any lumps, rough spots, or sores that may be indicative of oral cancer. In addition, they will listen to any concerns you may have about your oral health, so be sure to tell Dr. Jones or Dr. Harris if you have been experiencing any unexplained changes in your oral health or is you have difficulty swallowing, a chronic sore throat, or numbness in your mouth, face, or neck as each of these symptoms may be indicative of oral cancer.
Who Is at Risk for Oral Cancer?
Several factors can contribute to an increased risk for oral cancer. Men, for instance, are twice as likely to develop oral cancer as women are. Other causes include tobacco use, overexposure to the sun, and heavy alcohol use. Thus, in order to lower your risk for oral cancer, you should try to avoid tobacco products and drink alcohol sparingly. To avoid overexposure to the sun, you can look for a lip balm with UV protection to wear when you will be outside for prolonged periods of time.
Oral Health Care in Mansfield TX
When oral cancer is present, the procedures involved in treatment are similar to those methods used against other forms of cancer. Any cancerous growth will be removed surgically. The surgery will then be followed with radiation therapy or chemotherapy.
Prior to oral cancer being discovered, however, your Mansfield TX dentists, Dr. Jones and Dr. Harris, will scour your mouth for any signs that could point to oral cancer during your regular, six-month dental checkups. In performing thorough examinations, Dr. Jones and Dr. Harris hope that if they do find signs of oral cancer, they do so at the earliest stages possible so that you receive the treatment your need as quickly as possible.
About Mansfield Dental Associates: At Mansfield Dental Associates, Dr. Blair Jones and Dr. Seth Harris share the same vision and philosophy when it comes to patient care. Each seeks to build relationships based on trust and communication and strives to offer the latest technology for the best possible dental care. Patients can schedule an appointment or a consultation by calling 817-473-6227.