You may be at risk for oral cancer and not know it, so Gateway Dental Care in Pleasanton, CA encourages you to visit our offices for a thorough and expert oral cancer exam. With the proper screening, your dentist becomes your first line of defense. If detected early, oral cancer can be more successfully treated.
Preventative Screening Is Painless And Easy
The reasons for getting an oral cancer exam are plentiful. The most compelling reason is to detect suspect tissue early on. Other reasons include that exams are painless, inexpensive, and non-invasive. It’s also important to note that screening doesn’t require radiation exposure, so it poses no concerns for you as the patient. In addition to these points, an exam can be accomplished quickly, only adding minutes to a regular check-up.
Symptoms Of Oral Cancer
Oral cancer can be life-threatening if it’s not caught early. Some symptoms include:
- White, red or speckled patches in the mouth.
- Lumps or bumps, rough spots, swellings or any other unusual growth on the gums, lips or interior of the mouth.
- Feeling like something is caught in the back of the throat.
- Teeth or dentures feeling like they fit together differently.
- Unexplained oral bleeding.
- Difficulty swallowing or moving the jaw to chew and speak.
Oral Cancer Prevention Starts With You
If you have any sores, discoloration or irritation in your mouth that doesn’t resolve itself within 10-14 days, it’s important to have the area checked for any abnormalities. Often, you may not have any indication something is awry in your mouth. Let’s be sure. It’s estimated that a dentist may see anywhere from 3-5 patients a day who have some form of abnormal tissue –most of which are benign.
Make Your Appointment Today
If you live in the Pleasanton, CA area, we invite you to come and experience the quality care and gentle practice of our friendly dental team. We want to be your partner in helping you to maintain your health, so call Gateway Dental Care today to schedule an appointment for your oral cancer exam.