Oral Cancer Screening

Did you know that 50,000 people are diagnosed with oral cancer every year in the US? On average, one American adult dies from oral cancer every hour of every day. Fortunately, you can fight these statistics by undergoing oral cancer screenings.

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Oral Cancer Screenings

When undergoing an oral cancer screening, your specialist will perform a thorough examination of your mouth. They will look for abnormal red and white patches or mouth infections. They will analyze mouth tissue by feeling for lumps and irregularities that may be an indication of oral cancer.

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The Process

A specialized mouth wash may be used during your oral cancer screening. If there are abnormal cells in your mouth, it will appear blue after you rinse. Your dentist may utilize a light to effectively check mouth tissue. Infected tissue will emerge white under light.

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If an abnormality is detected, we recommend scheduling a follow-up appointment. This way, your doctor will check if any detected signs are present and may need a diagnosis. If there is further testing required, a sample of mouth tissue or cells will be taken for a biopsy procedure. Afterward, we can make an informed diagnosis to create a customized treatment plan.

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