Oral Cancer Screening
Anything that is a part of the oral cavity can end up getting oral cancer. That means you could end up getting cancer on your tongue, your lips, the inside lining of your cheeks, the roof of your mouth, your gums, or even in the top of your throat. It is important that you regularly come to us to be screened to see if you have any of the early signs of oral cancer, and if you do, to get treatment as early as possible. The earlier you are able to get treated, the better.
Signs of Oral CancerIf you are showing any of these signs, you may be showing that you are starting to develop oral cancer, and should immediately see us:
When any of these signs are present, you need to go in and see Dr. Mahar as soon as possible. You should get a comprehensive exam and make sure there are no other signs of problems in your mouth. Whenever you have any issues in your mouth, your dentist should be the first person you call, as your dentist has the longest running history and record of changes to your mouth.
What to Do If You Have Signs of Oral CancerYou need to make sure the first phone call you make is to your dentist. He or she will go through your mouth carefully and look for any outward signs of problems. If there are any, your dentist can either take a biopsy in office, or they can send you to a specialist that can let you know what options you have for getting a biopsy taken. From there, you should take the findings back to your dentist and discuss what options there are to protect your health.
Sometimes we are going to want to work directly with your physician to ensure that you get the most comprehensive care possible. It is important to catch signs of oral cancer as early as possible, as that increases the likelihood that you will be able to overcome your cancer successfully.
If you ever find yourself struggling to chew, swallow, speak, or even move around your jaw or tongue, you need to call and get an appointment with Mahar Dental as soon as possible. These are all signs of problems that could be from oral cancer. They are also signs of other issues that could be very easily resolved, so it is important to know what you are facing as early as you can.
Dr. Mahar has the experience and education to ensure that you will get a thorough examination, and that you will get results you can depend on. Give us a call today at (315) 766-2770 and make sure you do everything you can to protect your smile.
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