No one wants to have to hear the terrible news: that they have cancer. Cancer is sadly a common disease where cells that aren’t normal end up multiplying. This is when it gets dangerous because it attaches to healthy parts of your body and makes them unhealthy.
Oral cancer is a specific cancer that you find on the mouth, lips, tonsils, throat, tongue, and more — generally anything oral-related. At The Art of Dentistry, we provide cancer screenings for people to help make sure nothing goes unchecked.
When it comes to an oral cancer screening, there is both a physical and visual exam that takes place. Sometimes exams just occur to check as a preventative measure and other times they are performed in response to a few abnormal signs. Cancer screenings should happen regularly.
The visual exam often comes first. From the neck up to the nose are a part of this exam, along with connecting tissues down the mouth and throat.
A dentist at The Art of Dentistry checks the oral cavities for any strange bumps, lumps, abrasions, strange colors, or anything else different from the usual. A mirror is used when the dentist checks your teeth, and they make sure to examine everything.
The visual exam leads to the follow up of a physical exam. This means that they take their hands and try to feel around for any strange lumps or bumps that they might not have been able to see adequately. They may question you to see if anything hurts when they touch it as that could be a potential sign of cancer.
The reason people get oral cancer screenings is to help prevent cancer, to notice anything strange that might cause problems if left untreated. It’s important to check regularly especially if you drink alcohol, use tobacco, or other issues that can contribute to the development of oral cancer.
Give The Art of Dentistry a call in Ridge Park and set up a simple and easy cancer screening today. We look forward to seeing you in our office!