Oral Cancer Screening in Glendale, AZ

Our Glendale dental team is not only committed to your oral health, but we are also dedicated to your whole-body wellness. We take a comprehensive approach to dental care; therefore, an oral cancer screening is included in your routine exam. Oral cancer is just as life-threatening as other cancers, if not detected and treated early.

About Oral Cancer Screening

At Desert Peak Family Dental, we have the tools and the skills to identify early signs of oral cancer and other pre-cancerous conditions. If you experience any of these common symptoms, it is important to contact our office to schedule an oral cancer screening:

  • A bleeding sore that won’t heal
  • A rough area, or lump
  • Difficulty eating, speaking or moving the tongue or jaw
  • Sores or white or red spots anywhere in the mouth
  • Tenderness, numbness or pain anywhere in or around the mouth

Our trained and experienced team at Desert Peak perform quick and easy screenings that involve an exam of the entire mouth. Besides the visual check, we also do a manual tissue exam by hand and inspect the throat to look for abnormalities. If anything, suspicious is uncovered, we will collect the cells and send them to a lab. If your lab test is positive, a biopsy is the next step.

Oral Cancer Prevention

Along with routine screenings, there are things you can do help ward off oral cancer.

  • Avoid tobacco use of every kind
  • Drink alcohol in moderation
  • Eat a balanced, healthy diet
  • Limit sun exposure and always wear sunscreen/sunblock. Don’t neglect to use sun protection on your lips.

When you schedule your next dental visit, ask your Glendale dentist to perform an oral cancer screening. Early detection can improve the chance of beating the disease.

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