Oral Cancer Screenings

Oral Cancer Screening in Jackson, MI

At Spring Arbor Dental, we provide our Jackson, MI community with complete oral care. That means we consider every aspect of your dental and overall health. A big part of preventive dentistry includes looking for changes in your mouth. When you come to our Jackson, MI dental practice, oral cancer screenings occur at every routine visit.

Early Detection of Oral Cancer

Do you know that oral cancer is potentially deadly, and new cases are on the rise! The good news is that early detection and care can boost the survival rate to about 90 percent.  So, don’t avoid regular dentist visits. A routine appointment may save your life. Instead, call Spring Arbor Dental today to book a checkup.

More than 50,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with the disease every year. Even worse, one person dies of mouth cancer every hour. That is why we educate Spring Arbor Dental patients about the risk factors. Keep in mind some people with the condition experience no apparent risk factors:

  • Advanced age —The threat increases as we grow older, but over 25% of new cases are in patients under 25.
  • Excessive drinking
  • HPV (human papillomavirus) — In non-smoking younger patients.
  • Sun damage on the lips
  • Smoking and other tobacco use
  • Immunity disorders

The screening is quick and straightforward. Your dentist will first visually inspect your entire oral cavity, which includes: the throat, palate, under the tongue, lips, and cheeks. Then a tactical exam checks for tender areas or bumps beneath the jaw or on the neck.

Signs of Oral Cancer

If your Jackson, MI dentist detects any problematic areas, a follow-up visit will be scheduled for 10–14 days. Another exam will be included at the second appointment. Signs of mouth cancer include callous-like tissue, swelling, asymmetrical ulcerations, or red or white patches. If any of these issues are detected, you might be referred to an outside specialist.

We encourage our patients to keep up with regularly scheduled visits for the best chance of beating this devastating disease. In the early stages, treatment is most effective. Get in touch with us to ask any questions or to book a routine screening.

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