Over 49,000 Americans are affected by oral cancers every year, making proper diagnostic and preventive care crucial in identifying potentially life-threatening illnesses before their exacerbation. Shirley H. Bien, DMD, and the team at Greenhills Dental Care in Fremont, California, use cutting-edge diagnostic equipment to screen for oral cancers in men and women. To learn more about oral cancer screenings, call Greenhills Dental Care or schedule an appointment online today.
Oral cancer can develop anywhere in your mouth, including your lips, gums, tongue, cheek lining, or on the roof or floor of the mouth.
Identifying whether you’re suffering from oral cancer or simply experiencing discomfort can be difficult. That’s why Dr. Bien and the team at Greenhills Dental Care recommend that you track any of the following very carefully:
If any of the above have either worsened or stayed the same over long periods of time, get in touch with Greenhills Dental Care to schedule an oral cancer screening with Dr. Bien
An oral screening consists of many different elements. These include:
During an extraoral examination, Dr. Bien looks at the parts of your face that are outside the mouth:
Once Dr. Bien has completed these examinations, she'll proceed to the inside of your mouth.
To examine the inside of your mouth, Dr. Bien looks at:
After completing an oral examination, Dr. Bien can recommend the most effective treatment based on your unique situation.
Since oral cancer screenings heavily rely on the identification of sores, it might be necessary for you to take additional tests should Dr. Bien determine that the identified sores aren’t enough to produce a diagnosis, as some sores are cancerous and some aren’t.
Oral cancer screenings don’t necessarily detect all kinds of mouth cancers, so there is a slight chance that a cancerous sore or growth can go unnoticed.
Schedule an appointment at Greenhills Dental Care by phone or online today to learn more about oral cancer screenings.