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Oral Cancer Screenings

Early Detection to Keep You Healthy

Woman smiling outsideAt Brookwood Dental Associates, we provide quality and comprehensive checkups for our patients. The main goal of these appointments is to prevent oral health issues and detect any problems while they are still small. That’s why we check for oral cancer during your routine checkup. Our expert dental team is experienced in providing oral cancer screenings in Lansdale to give you peace of mind that your entire mouth is healthy. Read on to learn more about oral cancer screenings and why they’re important.

Signs and Symptoms of Oral Cancer

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Unfortunately, symptoms of oral cancer are typically hard to spot on your own, which is one of the reasons why screenings are so important. However, contact our office if you notice any of these common signs and symptoms:

What Does My Dentist Look for During a Screening?

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During your screening, one of our highly-trained dentists will check your head and mouth for any abnormalities that could be a warning sign of oral cancer. Although we never want to find cancer, our main goal is to detect it early on to give you a better chance at a full recovery. If we do find a symptom of oral cancer, we may order a biopsy for further investigation. Dentists alone catch 84% of oral cancers before they become life-threatening, which makes this couple-minute screening well worth your time. If oral cancer is caught in its earlier stages, patients have a much higher chance of a complete recovery.

What Should I Expect During My Screening?

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Your oral cancer screening is an easy part of your routine checkup and cleaning. Without us telling you, you probably wouldn’t even realize that the screening has been conducted. One of our expert dentists will visually examine your mouth, lips, cheeks, tongue, gums, throat, head, neck, and jaw for any of the common signs of oral cancer. After, they will physically examine your mouth and feel the lymph nodes around your jaw to make sure that there aren’t any lumps or bumps that could tip off cancer. In total, this process takes minutes and it will give you confidence that you’re in good oral and overall health. 

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