A Quick and Painless Check for Oral Cancer

According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, someone dies from oral cancer every hour of every day in the U.S. That's why we take oral cancer screening so seriously. We recommend that every new patient receives this important mouth cancer screening and we recommend that all patients make sure to schedule one at least yearly. In fact, we feel this is so important that we screen you for oral cancer at every cleaning or check-up appointment. And, if you see the hygienist and the doctor we'll both be taking a look.

Early Detection of Oral Cancer Is Key

In its early stages, oral cancer can be treated in up to 90% of cases. However, if the cancer goes undetected, it can become larger or spread to other parts of the body and become more difficult or nearly impossible to treat.

The oral cancer screening-head and neck exam-is one of the most critical components of a routine dental hygiene and dental exam. At Miskovich Dental Clinic, both your hygienist and your dentist can detect and alert you to suspicious growths and changes.

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Signs and symptoms of oral cancer can include:

  • Sores that do not heal.
  • Lumps on the lip or in the mouth or throat.
  • White or red patches on the gums, tongue, or lining of the mouth.
  • Unusual bleeding, pain or numbness in the mouth.
  • Sore throats that do not go away or a feeling that something is caught in the throat.
  • Difficulty or pain with chewing or swallowing.
  • Swellings in the neck or throat.

The Velscope System

More recently, we have incorporated the Velscope system, which uses a special light to aid in detecing early changes of cells at a level we cannot see with our eyes.

When used as an adjunctive aid in combination with traditional oral cancer examinations, Velscope facilitates the early discovery of abnormalities, including oral cancer.  In only one or two minutes the Velcsope system examination helps our dental professionals assess the patients' overall oral health.

The earlier oral cancer is detected, the more likely it is to be treatable. 

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For more information regarding oral cancer or the Velscope system, call today at 218-326-3437.