Oral cancer claims some fifty thousand lives in the United States every year. That’s a scary number, and its high mortality rate is one of the reasons why we perform oral cancer screenings at every checkup at Create A Smile in Bloomington.
Oral cancer refers to cancer in not just the mouth, but also the face, neck, lips, and the nose. Each of those areas is part of a screening.
During an oral cancer screening we look for anything out of the ordinary: swellings, bumps, patches of color, lesions, or any other irregularities. This is one of those times we’ll ask you to say “Ahh,” because making that sound exposes parts of the throat that are hard to see.
Oral cancer screening also includes a physical exam. We’ll feel your head and cheeks, around your jaw, under your chin, and in your mouth to see if there are any masses or unusual nodules.
As with other cancers, early diagnosis of oral cancer increases the odds of successful treatment. Patients come to Create A Smile in Bloomington from Ellettsville and Bedford for general and cosmetic dentistry. Please call to schedule your next checkup with us today!