Dental cancer screenings are used to detect early warning signs of oral cancer. Oral cancer results from abnormal cell growth in the gums, lips, tongue, or throat. Some of the warning signs of oral cancer include a chronic sore throat, bleeding in the inner mouth, tongue, or throat, lumps or thickening of the skin inside your mouth, pain in the tongue or jaw, and difficulty chewing. If you suffer from these conditions, it's important to see your doctor or dentist as soon as possible. There are a variety of screenings and tests that can help identify the root cause of your oral ailment, and most of these tests are simple, non-invasive, and just take a few minutes.
At Guelph Family Dentistry, our team of trained dental professionals use only up-to-date technology, including the innovative Veloscope® device, which allows your dentist to run a quick, pain-free test. The Veloscope® is a small, wireless device that enables your dentist to perform an oral screening in as little as five minutes, all during your regular cleaning appointment. This test uses a series of lights to detect abnormal cell growth in your mouth, and identify the early warning signs of oral cancer.
According to the CDA, thousands of Canadians are diagnosed with oral cancer each year. These screenings make it possible to identify and treat cancer before it develops. Annual oral cancer screenings - especially for individuals in high-risk demographics like those who smoke, for example - are very important.
Not only will an oral cancer screening detect warning signs of cancer, but it can also help dentists identify a wide variety of other conditions. Oral cancer screening focuses on identifying abnormal cell growth in the mouth, but they can also spot skin lesions, bleeds, lumps, and other unwanted ailments. There's a wide variety of bacterial conditions and infections that can begin in the mouth and jaw, so any ailment must be taken seriously and mentioned to your doctor or dentist. For those who have a risk of developing various oral conditions, an oral cancer screening is a great starting point to help identify any early signs of mouth disease.
If your oral cancer screening shows abnormal cell growth in the mouth, you'll have the ability to get treatment based on the specific diagnosis. At Guelph Family Dentistry, our team of experienced dental staff can help coordinate referrals and treatment options to help you make an informed decision. Most oral cancer - when caught early - is extremely treatable, so it's important to get a screening as early as possible in order to address any conditions before they become more dangerous. Should your oral screening show the possibility of any other conditions, your dentist can help perform other tests or refer you to a doctor who can identify your condition and treat it accordingly.
Many ailments in the mouth are the result of lifestyle choices. Tobacco use, alcohol consumption, sun exposure, and diet can all lead to a variety of conditions that present in the mouth, so it is important to work with your doctor and dentist to get regular annual screenings to spot any warning signs of disease. Annual screenings give your doctor and dentist a frame of reference to keep an accurate timeline of your oral health. They can also see subtle changes that could lead to the development of cancer or other various conditions. If these screenings show the development of abnormal cell growth or chronic mouth conditions, you will have the ability to make the necessary lifestyle changes to combat the condition.
At Guelph Family Dentistry, we pride ourselves on being able to improve the quality of life of each individual patient. Oral screenings are very important in identifying the early warning signs of a wide variety of serious conditions. Our team of trained professionals is well-equipped with up-to-date technology to help catch any sign of cancer as early as possible. We offer direct billing through insurance, so payment isn't a hassle.
For more information or to book an appointment for an oral cancer screening, speak to one of our dental professionals at 519-265-5115 or contact us here.