The Importance of Oral Cancer Screenings with a Dentist

Patients who visit their dentist every six months for an evaluation are at an advantage. Not only do they have the chance to undergo a cleaning and examination with a trained professional, but they also have the ability to screen for oral cancer on a regular basis. Routine oral cancer screenings are offered to patients in the area of Houston, TX with Dr. Heather F. Fleschler.

What is oral cancer?

Oral cancer is a cancer of the oral cavity. Cancer can grow anywhere, including the gums, lips, tongue, and the roof and floor of the mouth. If oral cancer is detected, the dentist or an oral surgeon can remove the cancerous tumors or growth. Some patient may consider radiation therapy. When patients visit their dentist every six months for a cleaning and examination, they improve their chances of spotting oral cancer early during a routine screening.

What happens during an oral cancer screening?

When patients visit their dentist regularly, they are able to monitor an individual’s oral health and wellness. They can also screen for oral cancer and catch it early enough for effective intervention. Detecting oral cancer in its earliest stages is beneficial for patients who are seeking successful treatment. During the oral cancer screening, the dentist will look for any changes of the mouth, tongue, face, and neck. The dentist also examines these areas for lumps, red patches, white patches, or sores and lesions. Patients experiencing discomfort in any area of the mouth or face may want to have a screening performed.

Who is at risk for oral cancer?

Oral cancer can affect any gender and any age. It is important that patients see their dentist for routine examinations to increase their chances of catching cancer early on.

Schedule your appointment today

Whether you are in need of a routine dental cleaning and examination, or have a concern that sores or lumps may be an indication of oral cancer, Dr. Heather F. Fleschler encourages you to make an appointment. Her practice in Houston, TX is always accepting new patients and families seeking comprehensive dental care. Our main line number to call for requesting an appointment is (713) 660-6500.

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