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The Crucial Role Dentists Play in Identifying Oral Cancer

January 29, 2018
Posted By: Smith Dental
man sitting in dental chair during oral cancer screening

It’s tough to see inside your own mouth because it’s small, dark, and has lots of awkward angles. That is why it is so important to maintain regular dental exams and cleanings. You might have something going on that you don’t even know about. Some of the dental conditions that our dentist look for during an exam include cracked teeth, gum recession, periodontal disease, and decay.

Perhaps one of the most important services your experienced family dentist in the 97007 postal area can provide a life-saving oral cancer screening.

How We Diagnose Oral Cancer

Dentists are highly educated in all of the structures of the mouth – teeth, gums, the jaw joints, muscles and soft tissues all fall within the expertise of your dentist. Oral cancer may be a less common type of cancer, but it is one of the most life-threatening. Detecting it early improves treatment options and the long-term prognosis.

Pre-cancerous lesions can develop without your knowledge. Much like a dermatologist can identify precancerous skin conditions, your dentist knows what they are looking for inside the mouth. Oral cancer tissue may appear white, red, or dark and can develop on the inside of the mouth, on the tongue, on the lips, or even at the back of the throat.

Your Oral Cancer Screening

An oral cancer screening is part of every comprehensive exam we perform. Either your dentist or hygienist will have a look inside your mouth and also feel your neck to rule out any thyroid issues. 

Your oral cancer screening is not painful and adds another great reason on the list for scheduling regular dental exams with your family dentist in the 97007 zip code, Hillsboro, or Aloha areas of Oregon. A regular oral cancer screening could save your life or the life of a loved one. 

Screenings in Hillsboro Oregon

To schedule an oral cancer screening, don't hesitate to contact Smith Dental. Your oral health is our priority. 

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