Leaf - All About Smiles

Las Colinas Oral Cancer Screenings

Here at Leaf - All About Smiles, we incorporate a holistic approach to dentistry. The oral-systemic connection between your mouth and overall wellness is closer than most people realize. That’s why we provide in-house oral cancer screenings in Las Colinas as part of our ongoing preventative care services.

The Importance of Getting Screened

Unfortunately, oral cancer is extremely challenging to find on your own. The average oral cancer patient will never realize that something is wrong until their disease has reached an advanced, life-threatening stage.

As your oral health provider, we’re skilled in identifying pathological and pre-cancerous tissues when the warning signs are only just beginning. Due to the extensive amount of time we spend in your mouth, we have an intense understanding of the various oral structures and how things ought to look. That’s why oral cancer screenings and visits with your dentist go hand in hand!

Signs of Oral Cancer

Some of the most common symptoms of oral cancer include:

Red or white lesions on mouth or lip

Difficulty swallowing or chewing

Sore, lump or pain that doesn’t go away

Loose teeth – seems to be for no reason

Difficulty moving your tongue or jaw

Swelling and/or numbness in the mouth

It’s important to note that pain is not a symptom of early oral cancer. Please do not allow the presence of discomfort to be the determining factor as to whether you seek out a screening.

If for any reason our Las Colinas dentist identifies a suspicious area of tissue, we may decide to place a watch on it or go ahead and order a biopsy for further diagnosis.

Treatment Options

The best treatment for oral cancer is having it diagnosed early as possible. The smaller the area involved, the more likely treatment is to be successful. Typically, we will begin with a biopsy for formal lab diagnosis. If the tissue is deemed to be pathological, we can refer you to an appropriate specialist such as an oral surgeon to have it removed. Depending on the diagnosis and extent of the disease, traditional cancer therapies such as radiation or chemotherapy drugs may be the preferred method of treatment alongside surgical removal.

Oral Cancer Dental Exam - What to Expect

The typical oral cancer exam is incorporated into your routine Las Colinas dental exam and checkup appointment. As we visually assess the tissues throughout your mouth, it may also be necessary to palpate glands to check for inflammation. Advanced screenings services may also be available, which make it possible to use special lighting to identify precancerous tissues before they ever become evident to the naked eye.

Schedule Your Oral Cancer Screening

Oral cancer is a silent, deadly disease. Even if you don’t smoke or drink, you’re not in the clear. Schedule a routine exam with our Las Colinas dental office at least twice a year.

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