Oral Cancer Screenings in San Diego
Have you had an oral cancer screening? Do you have questions about how they work? If so, our dentist near you can help. At Dental Pearls, we offer preventive dental services, including oral cancer screenings, to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
Contact us to learn more about our oral cancer screening service in San Diego and schedule an appointment with our oral cancer screening dentist.
What is an Oral Cancer Screening?
During your regular dental cleanings and exams, one of our dentists will examine your mouth for any signs of oral cancer. After the screening, if our dentists notice any concerning signs, we can complete an in-depth screening.
The first signs of oral cancer include abnormal bumps and swelling. This is what our dentists are looking for. These may be found on your face, neck, throat, cheeks, jaw, tongue, or lips.
We will also look at your mouth with fluorescent light. This will allow our dentists to see any abnormalities more clearly. We may also use a mouth rinse to dye the abnormal cells blue to make them easier to see.
If you have oral cancer, we will provide you with information about the next steps you need to take.
How to Prevent Oral Cancer
You can do several things to reduce your risk of developing oral cancer. If you are concerned about oral cancer, talk to our dentist. We can help you understand oral cancer and any risk factors you may have.
It’s important to protect your lips from the sun. You should wear a protective lip balm with SPF when you go outside.
Our dentists regularly ensure we catch oral cancer early for more effective treatment.
It would help if you drank alcohol in moderation. It would help if you also avoid tobacco. If you smoke and drink alcohol, you increase your chances of developing oral cancer. The more you smoke and drink alcohol, the higher your chances are.
If you have questions about oral cancer screenings near you or if you would like to schedule one, call Dental Pearls today.