In the United States alone, over 30,000 cases of oral cancer are diagnosed each year, and more than 8,000 people lose their battle to the disease. At our Midtown Manhattan Dental Office, the health and satisfaction of patients is our top priority, and if cancer is detected, we want to ensure that it is taken care of and defeated. Our New York City dentist uses the latest detection technology to catch cancer at an early stage.
As our patients know, regular dental exams should be scheduled every six months. Not only do dental exams keep your teeth and gums healthy, they can be used as part of the oral cancer detection process. Our team of dentists will check your mouth for lumps or irregular tissue changes in your head, neck, cheeks, and oral cavity. The soft issues in your mouth are also examined, as sores or discoloring can be a sign that cancer is present.
It is also important to be aware of the warning signs yourself. The disease occurs on the mouth, lips, tongue, gums, salivary glands, and throat, and many times, symptoms are initially painless and unobvious. However, signals of oral cancer include sores that do not heal, difficulty chewing or swallowing, ear pain, trouble moving the jaw or tongue, abnormal bleeding, lumps or hard spots, hoarseness, numbness of the tongue, and changes in the way teeth fit together. Oral cancer is diagnosed by a confirmed malignant biopsy, and a clinical evaluation will determine the stage and grade of the cancer. The dentist may refer you to an oncologist if you are found to have the disease.
If it is not diagnosed and treated early, oral cancer can be an extremely difficult disease to combat. So, the next time you pay a visit to our New York City dental practice, make sure to ask about ask about an oral cancer screening!