Oral Cancer Screenings in Clyde, NC
While Dr. Joseph Ramellini and Dr. Gabrielle Ramellini are dedicated to creating healthy, beautiful smiles, they are also dedicated to every patient’s overall well-being. Part of our holistic approach to dentistry includes oral cancer screenings. Like other kinds of cancer, oral cancer can be life-threatening when not diagnosed and treated early. At Peak Dentistry, our team is trained in oral cancer screenings to ensure signs of oral cancer are identified. Contact our office to learn more about mouth cancer screening or schedule an appointment!Contact Us
What happens during an oral cancer screening?
An oral cancer screening is a preventive dentistry measure designed to detect cancers inside the mouth. During an oral cancer screening, our dentist in Clyde, NC, checks all tissues inside the mouth, including the gums and tongue. Besides a visual examination, our dentist will also physically feel the tissue inside your mouth and outside of your throat and neck to detect any abnormalities. If there is an area of concern, we may perform a small test to further diagnose the problem.
How often do I need an oral cancer screening?
Detecting oral abnormalities as soon as possible is always in the best interest of your oral health. The American Cancer Society recommends oral cancer screenings every three years for those over 20 and annually for patients over 40. Though oral cancer screening age starts at the age of 20, our team always looks for oral abnormalities during appointments. If a patient is considered at high risk of developing oral cancer due to family history or lifestyle habits, we may recommend oral cancer screenings more frequently.
What are the warning signs of oral cancer?
Scheduling a screening for mouth cancer with a dentist near you is the best way to confirm whether or not you have oral cancer. However, possible signs of oral cancer include discolored patches in the mouth, difficulty chewing or speaking, pain or sudden numbness in the mouth or lips, or sores that do not heal. If you are experiencing any warning signs of oral cancer, please contact our dentist in Clyde, NC, for an appointment.Contact Us