Oral Cancer Screening in
Centreville

Our office is not only dedicated to your smile, but we're also committed to your overall wellness. We take a holistic approach to your dental care, which includes an oral cancer screening as a part of your regular exam. Like many kinds of cancer, oral cancer can be life-threatening if not diagnosed and treated early.

Oral Cancer Screening in Centreville

We have the tools and training to ensure that early signs and symptoms of oral cancer and pre-cancerous conditions are identified. While other, less serious problems may cause these symptoms, it is very important to visit our office to rule out the possibility of oral cancer. The most common symptoms of oral cancer include:

  • Red or white spots or sores anywhere in the mouth.
  • A sore that bleeds easily or does not heal.
  • A lump, thickening, or rough spot.
  • Pain, tenderness, or numbness anywhere in the mouth or on the lips.
  • Difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking, or moving the jaw or tongue.

Our well-trained team provides a simple, quick screening that involves an examination of your entire mouth to detect cancerous and precancerous conditions. Besides a visual examination of your mouth, we'll also feel the tissue of your mouth and throat to detect any abnormalities. If we find an area of concern, we'll perform a simple test, such as a brush test. This test collects cells from a suspicious lesion in the mouth and is sent to a laboratory for analysis. If this test comes back positive, we may recommend a biopsy.

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.

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Sharon M.

Dr. Skinner and his assistant are excellent! I have been going to him for over 15 years and i wouldn’t go anywhere else. They are professional and personable. They always explain everything before they start and have modern equipment. The hygienists and staff have been wonderful also. A great place!

Sarah D.

I won't go anywhere else! BREE is my absolute favorite hygienist and is so gentle and likeable! Dr. Ossakow is just the same and been very helpful over the 6 years I've been a patient. A gentle hygienist/ dentist can be hard to find and they are the best!

Danielle T.

I love Dr. Skinner and Bre my hygienist! Laid back, impeccably clean and super friendly. Great front desk staff as well. He's been my dentist now for over 8 years and even if we move we'll be coming to Dr. Skinner.
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For the past 14 years, Dr. Kevin Skinner, along with his team, has collectively worked toward the common goal of making his patients feel comfortable and confident in the care they receive.

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