Oral Cancer Screenings in Manteca CA
At Aura Family Dentistry, we prefer to practice preventive dentistry when we can. Thanks to modern technology, we can monitor your mouth for signs of change before they blossom into disease. In the case of oral cancer, our team fully examines your mouth every time you see us, a process that includes oral cancer screenings. Rest assured, maintaining your optimal oral health is our top priority. Come in for regular checkups, so we can keep your mouth in good shape and treat issues early if they happen to arise.
What Is an Oral Cancer Screening?
Make consistent appointments, according to your dentist’s orders, and bring up changes you notice, even if they seem insignificant. During an oral cancer screening, Dr. Damle will first visually examine your mouth for symptoms of oral cancer. She will then use dental technology, such as an ultraviolet light, to take a closer look at your oral tissues. This device will assist in finding signs of cancer that may be invisible to the naked eye.
What Is Oral Cancer?
Oral cancer is the abnormal division of cells within your oral structure, including your mouth, throat, and neck. Cancer begins with abnormal changes that you may recognize, and develops into tumors. The tumors can spread beyond your oral cavity, resulting in widespread disease. If you notice changes in your mouth, schedule a visit with us as soon as possible so we can make a diagnosis and begin treatment, if cancer is present. Consider common oral cancer symptoms that we look for during screenings:
- The feeling that something is caught in your throat
- Loose teeth
- White patches under your tongue
- Red or white spots in your mouth or the back of your throat
- A mouth lump
- A chronically sore throat
- Bleeding sores, or sores that disappear and return
- Pain or discomfort while chewing or swallowing
Am I a Good Candidate for a Screening?
Every patient is a good candidate for an oral cancer screening. Some patients have a greater likelihood of developing oral cancer as a result of lifestyle choices. However, because this disease can happen to anyone, and early detection yields the best survival rate, you should come in for a screening once every six months along with a full checkup and cleaning. In addition, if you are a tobacco user or heavy alcohol user, consider making alterations to your daily habits. Cutting out these potential causes of oral cancer greatly reduces your chances of a positive diagnosis.
Schedule an Appointment!
At Aura Family Dentistry, we are committed to providing our patients with comprehensive dental services alongside compassionate care. Whether you need general care, restorative services, or cosmetic improvements, we look forward to assisting you in reaching your smile goals. Please contact us today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Damle. Call or email our office located in Manteca, California. We are accepting new patients of all ages, including children, and proudly serve members of Manteca and surrounding communities.
Summary: : Dr. Damle and our team will thoroughly examine your mouth and may take a biopsy to prevent or catch oral cancer before it progresses, so you can maintain good oral health..