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.
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:
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.
Our practice is focused on making your dental experience as comfortable as possible. If you have any questions please call us at (703) 214-3312, we'll be happy to answer any questions you may have.