Oral Cancer Screening: The Facts

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You know that it’s important for you to visit your dentist every six months if you’d like to keep your teeth healthy and strong—but do you know what actually happens during these treatments? Typically, we’ll clean your teeth thoroughly and inspect your pearly whites for signs of trouble—such as oral cancer. This cancer screening is very important, but do you know what it actually entails?

Nearly 50,000 Americans are diagnosed with oral cancer every year, but treatment tends to be far more successful if the disease is recognized early. As such, our dentist will also ask you a few questions during your oral cancer screening. Generally, you’ll be asked about how often you smoke or drink, since both of these practices can leave you more vulnerable to oral cancer.

We’ll also inspect several parts of your mouth. You see, oral cancer can appear virtually anywhere on your mouth, including your neck and your jaw. We’ll also check both of your cheeks, your lips, and your lymph nodes. We may examine these areas through physical contact as well, since some abnormalities can be virtually impossible to spot with the naked eye.

If you’re interested in learning more about an oral cancer screening, please feel free to contact Trailridge Family Dental at 208.806.0765. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you have and help you schedule an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Allan Stevenson. We’re excited to hear from you soon!