Over 50,000 Americans will get oral or throat cancer this year, according to the American Cancer Society. Fortunately, our Grand Haven dentists provide oral cancer screenings so cancer is detected in its early stages. Detecting oral cancer before it progresses gives you the best chance of survival.
Oral cancer doesn’t always present outward symptoms, which is why it’s so dangerous. Many of the early signs can be mistaken for other conditions such as a cavity or the common cold.
If you recognize any signs of mouth cancer, schedule an appointment with our office as soon as possible. During your teeth cleaning and dental exam, our oral cancer screening dentists will examine the inside of your mouth and feel for lumps, thickened skin, or other abnormalities.
Certain lifestyle choices will increase your risk for oral cancer, such as smoking, alcohol abuse, and prolonged sun exposure on the lips. It’s important you share an accurate medical history with our dentists so they can identify any risk factors for oral cancer.
Oral cancer screenings are a routine part of your regular dental exam and teeth cleaning. Our dentists will use a variety of methods to assess whether any of the above oral cancer symptoms are present in your mouth. She will feel the inside of your mouth to check for lumps and will thoroughly examine your oral cavity.
At Grand Haven Smiles, we’re happy to answer any questions you might have about oral cancer at your dental exam in order to help you make the best choices for your oral health. To schedule your appointment with one of our Grand Haven, MI oral cancer screening dentists, give our office a call at (616) 209-4704.
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