Oral cancer screenings are extremely beneficial. In fact, they are so beneficial that Dr. Paul Roe and our dental team include oral cancer screenings during your dental cleaning and exam appointments. This can help you detect oral cancer signs early and it can also improve your treatment options if you happen to fall victim to this health issue.
During the oral cancer screening, Dr. Paul Roe will examine your entire oral cavity for signs of oral cancer. The first section of the exam will involve him looking for red or white patches in your mouth, like on your tongue, cheeks, and gums as well as in your throat. The second section of the exam will involve your dentist feeling the tissues in your mouth to check for lumps or other abnormalities. If a problem is detected, your dentist will explain the next step involving diagnosis and treatment.
Everyone can benefit from an oral cancer screening. However, if you use tobacco products, frequently consume alcohol, have a family history of oral cancer, and have high exposure to the sun, you would greatly benefit from an oral cancer screening, especially because these things can increase your risk of falling victim to the disease. However, you can still benefit from the screening if you don’t have any of these risk factors.
For more information and details about oral cancer screenings in Puyallup, Washington, please don’t hesitate to give PR Cosmetic and General Dentistry a call at 253-435-0333. Our dental team will be more than happy to talk with you and tell you all you need to know about this treatment. We look forward to hearing from and helping you!