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Oral Cancer Screenings – Newtown, PA

A Quick Oral Exam Can Save Your Life

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When you have a canker sore in your mouth, you can usually expect it to dissipate after a few days. If that doesn’t happen, though, it might not be a canker sore. It might in fact be a case of oral cancer. Although “cancer” is a scary word, it doesn’t have to be. As long as you visit your dentist when you notice a problem like this, you can get treatment early enough that it’s successful, more often than not. Learn how a quick oral exam can save your life by reading more below.

Signs and Symptoms of Oral Cancer

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While symptoms of oral cancer can vary greatly from person to person, some of the most common signs include:

  • Swelling of the lips, gums, and other areas inside the mouth
  • Red or white patches in the mouth
  • Tenderness or pain in the mouth, neck, ears, or face
  • Persistent sore throat
  • Chronic feeling of something being stuck in the throat
  • Unexplained bleeding in the gums or mouth
  • Difficulty swallowing, chewing, or speaking
  • Sudden and dramatic weight loss
  • Persistent, unexplained fever

If you experience any of the symptoms listed above, don’t hesitate to contact the Dentists at Newtown today to get evaluated. As mentioned earlier, it could save your life.

What Does My Dentist Look for During a Screening?

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During your oral cancer screening, one of our skilled Newtown dentists will examine your face, neck, lips, inside of the nose and oral cavity for any abnormalities, including asymmetries, swelling, bumps, patches or color, and ulcerations. Using a light, mirror, and tongue depressor, he or she may also examine the throat, gums, inner cheek, roof of the mouth, and underside of the tongue. Essentially, your dentist is looking for anything that shouldn’t be there. If they find anything, they will work with you to develop a treatment plan with a team of professionals.

What to Expect During My Oral Cancer Screening

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In addition to using lights and mirrors, your dentist will also simply use their hands to examine the neck and outside of the mouth. This is done to feel for any unusual masses or nodules. They will ask if touching any of the areas feels painful or strange in any way. They will also ask you about any potential problems you have experienced with your mouth, throat, and head. If your dentist finds an unusual area, they may remove some tissue to take a biopsy. Keep in mind that if they do find anything, early detection is the best treatment. You’ve done the right thing by going to your checkup and getting your yearly oral cancer screening.

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