Do You Need an Oral Cancer Screening?

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Be honest: When was the last time you had an oral cancer screening? In the United States alone, over 43,000 people are diagnosed with oral cancer each year. An early diagnosis is crucial for improving the chances of a full recovery. At A New Smile Dental Group, we offer thorough oral cancer screenings using the latest in precision technology.

What are the Symptoms of Oral Cancer?

How do you know if you have oral cancer? There are a number of different symptoms to look for, including:

  • Patches in the mouth that are red or speckled with white
  • Rough spots or lesions that persist after two weeks
  • Numbness or unexplained bleeding
  • Sore throat or hoarseness that persist after two weeks
  • Dramatic weight loss
  • Changes in your voice
  • Dramatic weight loss

If you experience one or more of these symptoms on a regular basis, then contact our office right away. Our friendly and highly professional team will carefully exam your mouth and then perform a thorough diagnosis.

What Happens During an Oral Cancer Screening?

During a screening we will employ VELscope screening technology, which uses fluorescence to allow our team to clearly identify areas that may be cancerous or precancerous. The entire screening can be completed in about two minutes. If we find something that may be cancerous, we can order a biopsy or recommend a specialist.

How Often Should I Have an Oral Cancer Screening?

Adults should undergo an oral cancer screening at least twice a year. We typically include them in your regular checkups. By visiting our office once every six months, we can provide an oral cancer screening and watch for signs of other common dental issues, including tooth decay and gum disease.

About Your San Fernando Valley Dentists

At A New Smile Dental Group, our dentists strive to offer each patient individual care and access to the latest in modern dentistry at an affordable price. If you would like to schedule a consultation, contact us at our San Fernando Valley office at (818) 897-5771. We proudly serve communities in Pacoima, San Fernando, Porter Ranch, Granada Hills, Sylmar, and Mission Hills.