Like all malignant diseases, oral cancer presents significant health risks and can be potentially life threatening. Early detection is one of the most effective methods of minimizing the impact of these health risks. However, the problem with oral cancer is that it can be difficult to detect as it closely mimics other less threatening health conditions. Because of this, early oral cancer screening is crucial for increasing the odds of recovery.
When to Get an Oral Cancer Exam
If anything unusual is going on in your mouth, if you notice changes and different sensitivities, you should see a dentist who is trained in oral cancer screening as soon as possible. If you suspect you may be at risk of oral cancer, here are several of the symptoms that may indicate its presence:
- Red or white patches inside the mouth
- New bumps or growths in the mouth
- Difficulty speaking, chewing or swallowing
- Persistent sore throat
- Unexplained or unusual bleeding inside the mouth
- Ear pain
- Sores on the neck, face, or in the mouth that fail to heal on their own
- Changes in teeth position or the way appliances fit over time
Many of the above issues are symptomatic of other less significant oral conditions, so receiving a proper assessment of the irregular condition is key. The team at Living Wellness Dental Dorchester scans for issues using the VELscope Oral Cancer Screening Tool, a technology that specializes in detecting cancer at its earliest stages. If any signs of oral cancer are detected, your dentist can provide timely guidance to ensure you begin your journey towards treatment and potential recovery as expeditiously as possible. Where malignant conditions are found not to be present, you can learn how to reduce your risk of contracting oral cancer. Whatever the case, not knowing is never the answer.
Oral Cancer Screening in Calgary
If you notice some changes in your oral health and require oral cancer screening in Calgary, a visit with Drs. Kindal Robertson, David MacLean, or Cameron MacLean at Living Wellness Dental Dorchester in Calgary is your first stop. Get in touch with the team at Living Wellness Dental Dorchester in Calgary at (587) 327-1500 and/or visit us at Suite 601, 1333 8 Street S.W. in Calgary, AB. You can also request an appointment online.
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