Yes, oral cancer typically causes some or all of these symptoms:
whitish or reddish patches, lumps or rough-textured spots on the soft tissue of your mouth
pain or discomfort when swallowing
persistent sore throat
numbness or bleeding in the face, mouth or neck
changes in the way your jaw or teeth meet when you close your mouth
Some oral cancers can resemble canker sores. If you have a sore in your mouth that doesn't resolve within two weeks, you should schedule an office visit right away.
Oral cancer screening is performed with every office visit, and you can also call the office to schedule a screening if you notice symptoms or if you're at increased risk for oral cancer. During the screening, your mouth will be visually examined, including the insides of your cheeks, your gums, your palate, your tongue and your lips. If an abnormal area is identified, a tiny sample of cells can be removed for evaluation under a microscope. These biopsies are often performed using a special brush to remove just the upper layer of cells, but in some cases, a small area of tissue may be cut out for evaluation. Oral cancer screening usually also includes gentle palpation of your neck to look for signs of swelling or lumps.
At the Dental Center of Redondo Beach, we perform an oral cancer screening with each routine office exam. Ideally, you should be screened at least twice yearly when you visit the office for your six-month cleaning and checkup appointment.
Smoking, chewing tobacco and heavy consumption of alcohol are the primary risk factors. Genetics, prolonged exposure to UV light, older age and some diseases can also increase your risk.
We accept most PPO and HMO plans. If you have any questions, please contact our office.
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