Oral Cancer Screening: Warning Signs & Why We Screen Our Patients

July 17, 2014

shutterstock dentist with patientApproximately 30,000 new cases of oral cancer are diagnosed annually, and this aggressive disease causes around 8,000 deaths every year. Early diagnosis and timely treatment are the primary keys to preventing death caused by oral cancer, and routine oral cancer screening helps to accomplish this. At Gentle Dental Care in Tyler, TX, Dr. Keith Gerber and his team provide patients with oral cancer screening at their routine checkups, ensuring lasting oral health and improving chances of successful treatment should any cancerous cells be detected.

Warning Signs of Oral Cancer

A thorough assessment of your gums, cheeks, tongue, throat, and other areas within the oral cavity will be performed at each of your general dentistry checkups at Gentle Dental Care. There are some signs that you can keep an eye out for at home as well, including the following:

  • Patches of red or white skin on the lips, gums, or tongue
  • Pain when swallowing
  • Persistent cough or hoarseness
  • Bleeding in the mouth that recurs without cause
  • Any lumps or growths (may be painful)
  • Sores that do not go away over a period of two weeks

If you notice any of these concerning symptoms in yourself or anyone in your care, it is vital that you schedule an appointment with Dr. Gerber as soon as possible for a full oral cancer screening. The potential success of treatment largely depends upon catching the disease in its earliest stages, when the rate of survival is at its highest. Please feel free to bring up any questions you may have about oral cancer screening with Dr. Gerber and our caring team. We are here solely to help you.

Protecting Yourself from Oral Cancer

Whether you have noticed the presence of any of the above symptoms or it’s simply time to schedule your regular dental visit, contact us today. We look forward to helping you on your path toward oral health and general wellness. Dr. Gerber happily serves patients from Tyler, Whitehouse, Flint, Bullard, Lindale, and beyond.

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