Oral cancer tends to develop on the tongue, lips or floor of the mouth, and from there it spreads to the rest of the body. Oral cancer is commonly detected by a dentist or hygienist during a routine exam, but it is still best to schedule an oral cancer screening before symptoms arise.
At Mercado Dental Care, we encourage our patients to have regular oral cancer screenings. Since most people do not seek help until the disease has advanced, the mortality rate remains high. With all types of cancer, early diagnosis and treatment are crucial.
At Mercado Dental Care, our Scottsdale dentist and hygienist look for signs of abnormal tissue in the mouth. We can usually see symptoms such as hard lumps, red and white bumps, changes in tooth positions, and rough patches. An oral cancer screening is mainly a visual exam. Dr. Karren will feel around inside your mouth and cheeks for strange masses or hard tissue. Since this disease can show up in any area of the oral cavity, a thorough examination is needed.
We recommend that you visit our Scottsdale, AZ dentist office for your first exam. Based on your risk factors and what we see, we will let you know how frequently you need to be examined. If you are a high-risk patient, we may suggest being screened annually.