Oral Cancer Screening
Bellefontaine Family Dental is dedicated not only to your oral health but to your overall well-being. During your regular exams, we will include an oral cancer screening to help catch any cancer before it causes a problem. Our trained and experienced dentists and team are here to help you. Contact our office today at 314-741-5133 to learn more about our screenings for oral cancer in St. Louis, Missouri, and to set up your visit with Dr. Ahmad.
Holistic Dental Care
Oral cancer includes cancers of the lips, tongue, floor of the mouth, cheeks, throat (pharynx), sinuses, and hard and soft palate. While oral cancer can usually be successfully treated when detected early, most cases of oral cancer are not detected until they have progressed into a more serious, advanced stage that is much more difficult to treat. In fact, oral cancer may be life-threatening.
At our office, we are dedicated not only to your smile, but to your overall wellness. We take a holistic approach to dental care, doing all we can to detect and treat oral cancers and other abnormalities at the earliest possible stage. During your routine dental cleanings and exams at our office, our dentist and team will perform an oral cancer screening to check for the signs of oral cancer.
Symptoms of Oral Cancer
While our team will perform a screening for oral cancer to check for these and other symptoms, we encourage you to contact us if you notice any of these problems or if you experience any other type of dental pain. We are committed to helping you stay in good health.
The following are common symptoms of oral cancer:
- A persistent sore throat or feeling that something is caught at the back of the throat
- Unexplained bleeding in the mouth
- A persistent or lasting sore on the face, neck, or mouth that bleeds easily and does not heal within two weeks
- Unexplained loss of feeling, pain, or numbness in the face, neck, or mouth
- Ear pain
- Lumps, bumps, or rough spots on the gums, lips, or other parts of the mouth
- Red, white, or speckled red and white patches in the mouth
- Difficulty chewing, speaking or swallowing
- A change in the way your teeth or dentures fit together
Oral Cancer Prevention
Aside from receiving an oral cancer screening during your checkup at our office, there are many things you can do to help prevent oral cancer:
- The best way to prevent oral cancer is to avoid all tobacco products and only drink alcohol in moderation
- Maintain a healthy, balanced diet
- Limit your exposure to the sun and always wear UV-A/B-blocking, sun-protective lotions on your skin as well as your lips
- During your next dental appointment, ask your dentist to perform an oral exam. Early detection of oral cancer can improve the chance of successful treatment.