Oral cancer can affect adults of any age, which makes early detection through regular oral cancer screenings so important. Oral cancer screenings can be performed by your dentist as part of your regular dental checkup. During an oral cancer screening, the dentist will examine the interior of the mouth for common signs of oral cancer. Dr. David Kahn and Dr. John Pergolizzi are your dentists in Ringwood, NJ, for oral cancer screenings.
Oral Cancer Screenings
Oral cancer can develop in adults of any age, although it is diagnosed most often in adults over age 40. Early detection of oral cancer provides the best prognosis for successfully treating it. Your Ringwood dentist can perform an oral cancer screening as part of your regular dental exam. During an oral cancer screening the dentist examines the lips, tongue, and inside the mouth for signs of oral cancer. Samples can be taken of any suspicious areas. The samples are then biopsied to determine if cancer cells are present.
Several factors can increase your risk of developing oral cancer. Risk factors include:
- Moderate to heavy alcohol consumption
- Regular long-term tobacco use
- Chronic sun exposure
- A family history of oral cancer
- Exposure to the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)
Signs of Oral Cancer
If you notice any signs or symptoms associated with oral cancer, schedule a screening with your Ringwood dentist. Your dentist can perform an oral cancer screening and biopsy any suspicious areas. Signs of oral cancer include the following:
- Changes in the color of mouth, lips, or tongue
- White patches in the mouth
- Red patches in the mouth
- Unusual sores in or around the mouth
- Swelling in and around the mouth
- Lumps inside the mouth
There are several common signs of oral cancer. Your Ringwood, NJ, dentist can check for signs of oral cancer during a routine screening. To schedule an oral cancer screening with Dr. Kahn or Dr. Pergolizzi, call the dental office at (973) 835-3900.