Preventive Oral Screenings for a Long Life of Healthy, Cancer-free Smiles!
A healthy, beautiful smile can’t just be achieved one time and forgotten about. Your mouth needs lifetime care with diligent at-home oral hygiene and routine check-ups with a skilled dentist like Dr. Kristina Dawson. We take time to understand your dental needs and educate you on possible treatments you may be in need of currently and into the future. Peachtree Corners Dental Associates, Georgia, also offers oral cancer screenings to detect signs of mouth cancer early to increase the chances of successful treatment.
Symptoms of mouth cancer
Did you know about 54,000 Americans are diagnosed with mouth cancer every year? The good news is that mouth cancer is treatable when detected early, like most cancers.
The common symptoms of mouth cancer include:
- Mouth sores that don’t heal
- White or red patches in your mouth with an unknown cause
- Mouth pain
- An abnormal lump in your mouth
- Difficulty swallowing
Mouth cancer symptoms are often mistaken for other less severe conditions, like mouth sores. However, your dentist is experienced to know what’s normal and when you need to seek advanced care. That’s more reason why you shouldn’t miss your routine dental exams.
What to expect during an oral cancer screening
An oral cancer exam is a quick, painless procedure completed at all your check-ups. The only preparation needed is to remove your oral appliances (retainers or dentures) to give your dentist an unobstructed view of your mouth.
Your dentist visually and physically examines your gums, palate, tongue, and other oral structures to detect unusual patches, sores, and lumps. They take a close look at your panoramic radiograph and bitewing images to ensure no abnormalities exist in the bone structure. We can also use a tongue depressor to check behind your throat. Your dentist also palpitates your neck, around the jaw, and under the chin to feel any abnormal nodules or masses. If we find abnormalities, we recommend a biopsy to confirm or rule out your diagnosis.
Take a life-saving oral cancer screening today!
Due for an oral cancer exam in Peachtree Corners, GA? If yes, please dial (770) 501-6669 to schedule an appointment with Peachtree Corners Dental Associates.