Screening for oral cancer can be performed during your routine dental exam. This includes looking for lesions, mouth sores, or an abnormal white patch of cells or an abnormal red patch of cells. These abnormal cells, lumps or lesions may become cancerous. If in fact, lesions are found, additional testing may be required to help identify areas of abnormal cells in the mouth and to determine which treatment plan is right for you.
Early detection of oral cancer is critical in increasing a patient’s chance for a cure and recognizing and managing precancerous lesions is extremely important in prevention. The American Dental Association recommends all adults undergo periodic oral cancer screenings during your regular dental visits.
It’s always best to err on the side of caution when in doubt. Call Dentistry by Angela Britt today if you have any questions or concerns about being at risk for oral cancer.