It should only take about five minutes, but it might just save your life: an oral cancer screening at The Center for Dental Anesthesia in Alexandria.
If you’ve ever wondered why, at each checkup, we ask you if there have been any changes to your medical history, one of the reasons is to help us detect any signs of oral cancer.
There are actually several different levels of screening for oral cancer, and during your checkup we’re typically doing the most basic. This includes an inspection of your mouth, including your lips, but also your gums, tongue, the insides of your cheeks, the roof of your mouth, and all the way in the back of your throat.
With this basic screening we’re looking for any lumps or spots, or anything else that looks unusual. That brings us back to what we said at the beginning, and asking about changes to your medical history. If you’ve noticed anything unusual yourself, be sure to tell us.
If we notice anything suspicious, there is no immediate cause for alarm. We won’t know right away if we’re looking at something cancerous. But we will probably want to refer you for additional testing.
Remember, early detection is the key to successful treatment. At The Center for Dental Anesthesia in Alexandria we are committed to more than just your dental health. Our services include restorative and pediatric dentistry. Call our office to schedule your next checkup today!
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