Oral cancer is one of the most aggressive forms of cancer, affecting approximately 43,250 men and women in America every year. Early detection is key to successful treatment, and the most reliable way to diagnose the condition is via oral cancer screening at your local Highland Village, TX dentist’s office. At Highland Village Family Dentistry, Dr. Ryan Thomas believes that everyone should enjoy the full benefits of a healthy, beautiful smile. That is why we offer a broad range of general and family dentistry services, including oral cancer screening.
The Importance of Oral Cancer Screening
When most people think of oral cancer, some of the first things that come to mind are risk factors like smoking, chewing tobacco, alcohol abuse, and genetics. While these do play a role in the development of oral cancer, many patients who fall victim to the disease do not engage in any unhealthy behavior. This is why it is so important to visit Dr. Thomas at least once every six months. With specialized diagnostic technology, he can determine the presence of abnormal cells in their earliest stages. If a problem is detected, we can take action right away to help improve the likelihood of successful treatment.
Even with routine oral cancer screening at your biannual dental visits, it is still important to keep an eye out for suspicious symptoms that may indicate the presence of a problem. These include:
- Lumps or areas of thicker tissue anywhere in the mouth
- Ulcers or unusual sores that won’t go away within two weeks
- Persistent hoarseness and/or cough
- Tingling or numbness
- Pain in the jaw or teeth
- Difficulty moving your tongue
- White or reddish patches in the mouth
- Unexplained bleeding
If you notice any of these or other unusual symptoms, please call us to schedule an assessment.
Reserve Your Appointment Today
Has it been more than six months since your last general dentistry visit with Dr. Ryan Thomas? If so, the time to schedule your next appointment is now. Protect yourself and your family from the inherent dangers of oral cancer with thorough general dentistry checkups and oral cancer screening. This gentle, safe assessment has been proven to save lives, and it’s included as a part of your routine visit. Contact us today to learn more and to set a date for your visit. We look forward to helping you keep your smile healthy and looking its best. Our family-friendly office is conveniently located in Highland Village, TX, and we proudly serve patients from throughout the DFW Metroplex, including Lantana, Flower Mound, Plano, Frisco, Argyle, The Colony, Lewisville, and beyond.