How oral cancer screenings from your dentists in Asheville, NC, can protect your health
Did you know an oral cancer screening can save your life? It’s true. There are many types of oral cancer. Some cancers are small and easily treatable. Others are more aggressive, and some can be fatal. The key to treating oral cancer is early diagnosis, and that is achieved with regular oral cancer screenings done by your dentist. Dr. Barry Duncan, Dr. Alexander Pence, and Dr. Milton Poulos at Biltmore Dental Group in Asheville, NC, offer comprehensive dental care including oral cancer screenings as part of your yearly dental examination.
An oral cancer screening is easy, painless, and doesn’t require much time. In fact, your Asheville, NC, dentist performs the oral cancer screening as part of your regular yearly check-up. You don’t have to make a special appointment for it. You may need more frequent oral cancer screenings if you use tobacco products, drink excessive amounts of alcohol, have a family history of oral cancer, or have had oral cancer previously.
During your regular yearly check-up, Dr. Duncan, Dr. Pence, or Dr. Poulos will examine your soft tissue for any signs of oral cancer, including your lips, the roof of your mouth, the lining of your cheeks, your gums, and the sides, bottom, and top of your tongue.
You can help prevent oral cancer by doing your own self-check regularly. Use a small hand mirror to help you see areas in the back of your mouth, your palate, the sides of your tongue, and other areas that are hard to see.
You and your dentist are both looking for tissue changes like these:
- Wrinkling or thickening
- White or red patches
- Open sores or lacerated areas
Be sure to tell your dentist if you also notice:
- Mouth pain or numbness
- Difficulty swallowing or moving your tongue
- Swollen, painful lymph nodes
Oral cancer is more common than you think. In fact, according to the American Dental Association, about 42,000 people will be diagnosed with oral or throat cancer in this country. Your dentist can help you prevent oral cancer with regular oral cancer screenings.
To find out more about this important, potentially life-saving service, call (828) 665-1111 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Duncan, Dr. Pence, or Dr. Poulos at Biltmore Dental Group in Asheville, NC, today!