When most people think of preventive dentistry, they rightfully think of dental exams and professional cleanings. But did you know that oral cancer screening near you is equally important, especially since this type of cancer is on the increase? Fortunately, our dentist performs a visual oral cancer screening as a routine part of every dental exam from Dental Care of Boca Raton.
If you haven’t heard about this type of cancer and the importance of having it screened for by a dentist near you, we hope the following information provides you with the information you need to schedule an appointment without our dentist in Boca Raton today.
In many cases, you may have early signs of oral cancer and not be aware of it. Similar to other types of cancer that are only detectable through screening, oral cancer can go undetected. Another characteristic is that oral cancer can occur in patients who do not smoke.
Like other types of cancer, oral cancer gets classified into its stage of development: T for tumor size, N to indicate if the tumor has spread to the lymph nodes, and M to indicate if the condition has spread to other parts of the anatomy.
Although oral conditions like bleeding gums are not a sure sign of oral cancer, the symptoms can only be diagnosed by a medical professional. That is why our dentist makes a visual screening part of every dental exam we perform.
Even if you examine your tongue and mouth at home in the mirror, you will not be able to see your mouth in the same perspective and magnification that our dentist can. Early detection means treatment can begin earlier.
If it’s been more than six months since your last dental exam or you have noticed any change in your oral or general health, including dryness in your throat, a change in your voice, or any type of ear pain, we encourage you to schedule an appointment for an oral cancer screening with our Boca Raton dentist today.