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Oral cancer is a dangerous disease that can result in death, which is why it’s important to try and treat the issue at the early stages of development. The best way to identify the cancer early is with an oral cancer screening.

What is involved in the screening?
An oral cancer screening is a simple treatment that we generally perform at your dental cleanings and checkups. Your dentist will visually examine your mouth and will look for any red or white patches or sores. Next, she will feel the tissues for any lumps or abnormalities. If you wear dentures, you will need to take the appliance out of your mouth so your dentist can examine the tissues underneath.

What if a sore is found?
If your dentist finds a sore in your mouth, additional testing may be needed. Typically, your dentist will perform a biopsy, which is a test that involves your dentist removing some of the abnormal cells and testing those cells for cancer. This is the best way to know if the sore in your mouth is cancerous or not.

Who could benefit from an oral cancer screening?
An oral cancer screening can benefit many people, especially those who:

Use tobacco products of any kind, including cigarettes, pipes, cigars, and chewing tobacco
Consume high amounts of alcohol
Have had a previous oral cancer diagnosis
Have had a history of significant sun exposure

An oral cancer screening in Roanoke, Virginia, is a great way to ensure a strong and healthy smile. If you have any questions about the screening or if you’re interested in knowing more, please feel free to call 540-685-0105 and talk to a member of our caring dental team at Roanoke Dental Care. Dr. David Jones and Dr. Priyanka Dutt is also more than happy to help you if you simply schedule an appointment today. We look forward to hearing from you!