Oral Cancer Screenings in South Portland
Screening for oral cancer is a vital part of preventative dental care. Gentle Dental in South Portland provides top-of-the-line screenings using the best equipment the industry has to offer. Gentle Dental screens your mouth for signs of oral cancer at your regular biannual appointments, unlike many other dental offices.
Early Detection of Oral Cancer
While oral cancer can be a daunting thought, screening for the disease each time you come to the dentist is essential to make sure you’re in good health. By getting regular oral cancer screenings with Gentle Dental, we can ensure that if the disease is present, it will be caught early. Our dental professionals can identify signs of the cancer before it has a chance to spread. Gentle Dental will be right by your side throughout the detection and treatment process, so that we can design and implement a plan of action to get rid of the disease. Schedule your oral cancer screening today with Gentle Dental in South Portland, Maine.
When Should You Start Getting Oral Cancer Screenings?
Dentists recommend everyone over the age of 18 get regular oral cancer screenings. At Gentle Dental, oral cancer screenings are a part of every regular check up and teeth cleaning. Oral cancer screenings are especially important if you have additional risk factors: family history of cancer, tobacco use, alcohol abuse, or HPV.
How is Oral Cancer Detected?
There are many symptoms that can be signs of oral cancer. Some of these, that your dentist will look for during a screening, include lip and mouth sores that don’t heal, a white or red patch on the skin inside your mouth, growths or lumps inside your mouth, mouth or ear pain, and difficulty swallowing. Oral cancer is most often diagnosed in adults over 40 years old, and men are twice as likely to develop the disease when compared to women.
How is Oral Cancer Treated?
If oral cancer is detected by you or your dentist in the early stages, it can be treated using surgery or radiation therapy. After detection, your dentist will give you recommendations on what kind of specialist you should see. These specialists can be dental surgeons, ear nose and throat doctors, or oncologists.