According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, about 48,000 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer in the United States in 2016. Oral cancers can be life threatening if they are not detected, diagnosed, and treated early. Symptoms of oral cancer include:
– Red, white, or speckled patches
– Pain or numbness in the mouth
– A lump or rough spot
– Difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking, or using your tongue and jaw
– A change in your bite
As part of your routine dental exam, Dr. Guarnieri will perform an oral cancer screening. Our dentist will check for lumps or irregular tissues in your head, neck, face, and oral cavity. Your mouth will then be checked for sores or discolored tissue. Our dentist will also inspect your oral cavity for the symptoms listed above. If any suspicious tissue is found, he may recommend a biopsy, during which a tissue sample is tested for cancer. A biopsy can detect oral cancer early on, before it has a chance to spread and progress.
Feel free to contact our office today to learn more about oral cancer screening in Longwood, Florida, and to schedule your next appointment with our dentist. We are excited to get to know you!