Oral Cancer Screening

 

Screening for Oral Cancer is an important aspect of your dental health. At Comfort Dental we take cancer screening seriously.

 

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How do I know if I’m at risk for oral cancer?

If you are a smoker or drinker you are more likely to get Oral Cancer. It is the sixth most common cancer with a high mortality rate, so it is imperative that you keep up with your screening so that, with early detection, we can improve your outcome.

What to Expect

15 – 45 min

At Comfort Dental RI, during our initial exam, and before your cleaning, we conduct a complete oral cancer screening. If anything is detected we will talk to you about further examinations that could include a biopsy.

Commons signs of oral cancer include sores that do not heal or bleed easily, red or white spots in your mouth, lumps or rough spots, pain tenderness or numbness in the mouth or lips or problems chewing, speaking or moving your jaw. If you experience any of these symptoms please call for an appointment immediately.

Process

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Initial Exam

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Digital (low-radiation) X-rays

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Screening

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Potential biopsy if oral cancer signs are present

Final Result

It is important to keep your regular dental appointments with us, as this is when we screen for Oral Cancer. We look for any concerning signs such as irregularities in tissue or bumps in your mouth, neck, or head. If anything is detected we will talk to you about further examinations that could include a biopsy. Commons signs of oral cancer include sores that do not heal or bleed easily, red or white spots in your mouth, lumps or rough spots, pain tenderness or numbness in the mouth or lips, or problems chewing, speaking, or moving your jaw. If you experience any of these symptoms please call for an appointment immediately. Learn more about oral cancer screenings.

 

Prevention

How to Prevent Oral Cancer

Prevention of oral cancer is key. Aside from keeping up with your routine check ups it is important to avoid tobacco products, wear sunscreen and maintain a healthy diet.

 

Hours of Operation

MON – FRI
9:00am – 6:00pm

SAT
8:00am – 1:00pm

SUN
Closed

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