Oral Cancer Screenings in El Segundo, CA
Not many patients realize the importance of getting oral cancer screenings performed at their dental office. Dr. Smile dental professionals have been giving patients oral cancer screenings to make sure that their overall health is protected. Patients in El Segundo can learn more about the oral cancer screenings we perform by calling or visiting our office.
Oral Cancer Risk Factors
Several factors and behaviors could result in a higher risk of contracting oral cancer. You should make sure to get regular screenings if you have any factors that make you more likely to develop oral cancer, including:
- Frequent use of tobacco
- Drinking alcoholic beverages excessively
- Spending excessive time in direct sunlight
- Diagnosis of certain strains of HPV
- Past diagnosis of oral cancer
What’s Checked During a Screening?
If you’re wondering what your dentist does when they examine you during a screening for oral cancer, it’s pretty simple. However, this simple check can enable you to seek further medical assistance if anything is spotted in the mouth or other areas of the face and neck. You don’t need to do anything to prepare – your dentist will assess certain areas of the neck and face, including:
- The insides of your mouth
- The lips
- Your tongue
- Your gums
- The roof of your mouth
- Inside of your cheeks
- The area underneath your chin
- Back of the throat
The dentist will look at these areas closely and then perform a tactile check, touching the area and manipulating the tissues to check for any abnormalities, such as lumps. The entire screening takes about 5 or 10 minutes, allowing your dental professional to make sure that there are no detected signs of oral cancer.
If you have any of the risk factors for oral cancer, you should speak with your dentist about the risk factors present and how to reduce your possibility of developing oral cancer. If you have any questions about the disease, you can ask your dentist during the appointment. To schedule an appointment in our El Segundo clinic, contact us today.