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Importance of Oral Cancer Screenings

April 27, 2018

Smiling woman in dental chair talking to dentistOral cancer is one of the most deadly forms of cancer. It can affect patients of all ages, and contrary to popular belief, it is not limited to impacting the health of tobacco users. When a disease claims at least one life every hour and has a 50% mortality rate five years after diagnosis, it’s important that patients and doctors alike do their part to limit the impact of this disease. That’s why April has been dedicated oral cancer awareness month. We encourage patients to receive a screening for this deadly disease at least twice a year during dental checkups, and April is a good time to educate patients about the need for regular oral cancer assessments.

The Simple Test that May Save Your Life: Oral Cancer Screening in Highland Village, TX

March 23, 2015

ThinkstockPhotos-178361153Next month is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, and we’d like to take some time today to discuss the importance of oral cancer screening at Highland Village Family Dentistry. According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, approximately 43,250 men and women in America will be newly diagnosed in 2015. Only about half of those diagnosed will go on to live for another five years. Fortunately, oral cancer screening does help. With testing and treatment for this life-threatening condition, dentists and oral surgeons are helping mitigate the impact of oral cancer every year.

Common Symptoms of Oral Cancer

One of the most dangerous aspects of oral cancer is that it can go unnoticed for months before it begins causing visible or tactile symptoms. This is why screening is such a significant facet of general and preventive dentistry. When symptoms do appear, they typically include one or more of the following:

  • Sores anywhere in the mouth that do not heal after two weeks
  • Difficulty speaking, chewing, or swallowing
  • Any odd sensations, such as numbness, tingling, or persistent hoarseness
  • Unexplained bleeding
  • Lumps or a thickening of tissue anywhere in the mouth
  • The appearance of white and/or red patches, frequently found under the tongue or along the lining of the cheeks

It is important to remember that oral cancer is most successfully managed when detected and treated in its earliest stages. Because the first signs of this aggressive disease are often difficult or impossible to see by yourself, oral cancer screenings with your Highland Village dentist are critical to continued oral health and overall wellness.

Schedule Your Oral Cancer Screening Today

The American Dental Association recommends that a thorough oral cancer screening be performed at least once per year during a periodic oral exam. If, of course, you notice any of the above symptoms or any other abnormalities, please do not hesitate to contact our office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Thomas. Our team genuinely looks forward to providing you with exceptional care in a warm and welcoming office environment that makes you feel right at home.

Conveniently located in Highland Village, TX, our family-friendly dental practice is privileged to serve patients from throughout the surrounding areas, including Frisco, Plano, Prosper, Flower Mound, The Colony, Argyle, Lantana, and beyond.

Why Choose Oral Cancer Screening at Highland Village Family Dentistry?

September 23, 2014

490822345Oral 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.