Were you aware approximately 51,000 Americans will get oral cavity or oropharyngeal cancer in 2018? Of these patients, an estimated 10,000+ will not survive. At Westbrook Village Dental we are dedicated to our patients, their smiles and overall well-being. We recommend that each of our patients undergo an oral cancer screening at least twice a year along with their routine professional checkups. When detected, diagnosed and treated early, oral cancer survival rate can be drastically increased. Wondering what signs to look out for when it comes to oral cancer? Common symptoms include chronic bad breath, oral ulcers, lumps, bumps, rough patches, red/white plaques, coughing, sore throat, swollen neck lymph nodes, painful swallowing, earache, mouth pain, and facial pain.
Many patients, however, notice no signs/symptoms until their oral cancer has progressed. It is important to visit your dentist routinely for professional oral cancer screenings in Peoria.
During your oral cancer screening in Peoria, our dentist will provide both a visual and physical examination to detect oral cavity or oropharyngeal cancers. During the visual examination, your dentist will look at your gums, tongue, lips and even neck for any visual signs of abnormalities or risk factors. The physical examination allows your dentist to check for any lumps, bumps or rough patches in the mouth to look out of the ordinary. Risk factors for oral cancer include:
In the event we notice any risk factors, you will be referred to an oral cancer specialist to receive more information about diagnostics and even oral cancer treatment in Peoria. Receiving treatment as early as possible can greatly improve your chances of survival from oral cancers.
Do you want to make sure you aren’t at risk for oral cancer? Contact Westbrook Village Dental today to schedule an appointment for your oral cancer screening and treatment in Peoria, AZ. We are always accepting new patients at our dentistry near you, and we would be more than happy to get you on our schedule today!