Oral cancer is a deadly form of cancer that can be treatable when caught early enough. Your dentist can conduct oral cancer screenings during your routine dental checkups. The screenings are designed to identify early signs of oral cancer in an effort to save lives and protect your health. We have answered some of the most frequently asked questions regarding oral cancer and oral cancer screenings.
Q: What Are The Risk Factors?
A: While there are a growing number of patients developing oral cancer without having one of the following risk factors, the majority of patients did have at least one before being diagnosed. Please remember that oral cancer screenings are important whether these risk factors apply to you:
- Age over 40-years-old
- Use of tobacco
- Males are more susceptible than females
- Having HPV (Human Papillomavirus)
- Unhealthy diet
- Heavy alcohol use
- Prolonged sun exposure
Q: What Is A Visual Oral Cancer Test?
A: Your routine checkup and cleaning should take place at least twice a year. During which, your dentist can perform an oral cancer screening that takes very little time and is normally painless. Your mouth, neck, face, and lips are examined by a trained professional. You may want to schedule a consultation with your dentist rather than wait for your regularly scheduled checkup, if you notice any abnormalities or new developments in your mouth or surrounding areas,
Q: Should I Look Out For Changes In My Mouth?
A: If you notice any of the following symptoms in or around your mouth, you should mention it to your dentist as soon as possible:
- Red or white patches
- A lump or hard spot in your mouth
- Numbness or pain during biting or chewing
- Sores or spots that continuously bleed and seem not to heal
While these symptoms may be signs of something else, it is better to be safe than sorry when it comes to your health.
Do you have any questions about oral cancer?
Regular oral cancer screenings can lead to early diagnosis. Schedule a consultation at Mansfield Dental Associates by calling 817-473-6227. Located in Mansfield, TX, we also welcome patients and families from all surrounding communities including South Arlington, Kennedale, Southeast Ft. Worth, Alvarado, Midlothian, and more.