Can My Dentist Diagnose Oral Cancer?

Can My Dentist Diagnose Oral Cancer?

At My Smyle Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, we often get asked by patients if we are capable of diagnosing oral cancers, and the answer is of course! At My Smyle Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, we are proud to offer oral cancer screenings in Sugar Land, Texas and urge our patients to receive routine oral cancer screenings at least twice a year along with their routine dental checkups. When it comes to surviving oral cancer, early diagnosis and treatment is extremely important, our oral cancer screenings in Sugar Land take only a few extra minutes and could be the difference between surviving or not.

 What is Oral Cancer?

There are actually two types of oral cancer, oral cavity and oropharyngeal (throat) cancer. Oral cavity cancer includes lip, cheek, teeth, gums, floor and even roof of the mouth. Oropharyngeal cancer includes tonsils, the throat and even behind the wisdom teeth. During your oral cancer screening, your dentist will thoroughly examine for both oral cavity and oropharyngeal cancer. In the event that any risk factors are noticed, additional testing may be recommended by a specialist.

 Oral Cancer Symptoms

Wondering what you should be looking out for when it comes to oral cancer symptoms? Common symptoms of oral cancer include:

  • Mouth sores that do not heal.
  • Persistent mouth pain.
  • Unexplained bleeding in the mouth.
  • Unusual lumps, bumps or even patches in the mouth.
  • A chronic sore throat.
  • Trouble chewing, moving the jaw or even swallowing.
  • Changes of the voice.
  • Weight loss.
  • Chronic bad breath.

Many patients, however, notice no symptoms until oral cancer has advanced. Scheduling routine oral cancer screenings in Sugar Land allows our dentist to properly monitor your oral health, noticing any signs of oral cancer early so that it can be addressed.

 Schedule Your Oral Cancer Screening in Sugar Land Today

When is the last time you had an oral cancer screening in Sugar Land, TX? Contact My Smyle Family and Cosmetic Dentistry today, we are always welcoming new patients into our dental clinic and would be more than happy to provide your routine oral cancer screening.