Oral Cancer Screenings in East Islip
You’ve surely heard of cavities and periodontal disease in the dentist’s office – but what about oral cancer? This disease has some staggering statistics associated with it: one American dies every hour from oral cancer, and half of diagnosed patients don’t go on to live more than five years. Thankfully, the bright side to all of this is that oral cancer has a high treatment success rate as long as it’s caught at an early stage. That’s why Dr. Rosenfeld and the rest of our team here at East Islip Dental Care are dedicated to diagnosing this condition as soon as possible with the help of an oral cancer screening. We strongly recommend that all patients undergo an oral cancer screening at least once a year.
Common symptoms of oral cancer include:
- Any color changes in the oral tissues
- Painless white or red spots
- A thickened spot, crust, or lump forming within the mouth
- Pain or numbness that’s formed somewhere on the lips or inside the mouth
- A sore that does not heal or bleeds very easily
During your oral cancer screening, we’ll scan your mouth very carefully for these tell-tale signs. If needed, we there are further tests we can perform to determine if a spot could be cancerous. A brush biopsy is usually used on areas that seem relatively harmless; it’s simple test that can detect potentially dangerous cells in the initial stages of oral cancer. A scalpel biopsy (which requires anesthesia) can be performed on areas that seem more suspicious as well. Depending on the results, our team can recommend further action and help you receive the skilled care and attention you need to regain your oral health as quickly as possible. You safety is our top priority!