Oral Cancer Screening consists of visual and physical oral examinations. Herein your dentist will check your throat, mouth, neck, etc. to see any oral cancer screening symptoms. It can reassure you about your conditions, and early detection also helps to get treated quickly. Depending on your requirements or past medical history, you can undergo the screening as a precautionary measure.
The screening process will start with a visual inspection wherein your dentist will check your mouth for swellings, bumps, color patches, etc. They would look inside your mouth, to check deep down your throat and sometimes your nose as well, to find if there are any abnormalities. If they find anything unusual, they will carry out a physical examination by touching your cheeks, around the jaws, under the chin, etc. If you feel any discomfort or pain in your mouth or see a painless swelling, rushing to your dentist for advice is the best solution.
The goal of oral cancer screening is to determine precancerous symptoms that might indicate the disease at its early stage. Some people are more likely to acquire the condition due to their lifestyle or medical history. Factors that can lead to oral cancer might include:
Even if your lifestyle and medical history do not come under the above factors, Dr. Johanna Ramos suggests that it is a good idea to go through the screening process when you arrive for your periodic dental exams. At Boca Family Dental Clinic, we have all the latest technologies that make the whole screening process easy and convenient. So if you have not had your oral cancer screenings for long, this is the right time. Visit us soon; we are located in the heart of Boca Raton, FL!