Oral cancer is by far the most serious oral conditions. Millions of people have fallen prey to this deadly disease from all over the world, which is why extensive research is being carried out to come up with better solutions to treat it. Perhaps, early detection is one of the best ways to make sure it doesn’t spread and become too severe, thereby totally jeopardizing your oral health.
At Lincolnway dental center, our excellent team of experts is highly dedicated to providing the best quality treatment. We understand the severity of the condition and the impact it could have on your overall physical and mental health, which is why our oral cancer screening process is undoubtedly the best there is.
Signs and symptoms
At our practice, we have state-of-the-art technology that helps our team to carefully diagnose and treat the condition effectively and in time. While we specialize in providing the best treatment to counter the condition, you can look for certain signs and symptoms at home that could possibly mean oral cancer is setting in. Some of them are as follows:
- Sores (either red or white) on the inner, soft lining of the mouth.
- Bleeding of the gums and other soft tissues.
- A hard lump or lesion that seems relatively thicker than the other soft tissues.
- Pain and a feeling of numbness in the gums when you bite or chew food.
- Difficulty in swallowing food due to inflamed tissues.
- Redness in the tissues that don’t seem to subside with time.
In most cases, the cause of oral cancer is related to tobacco. People who chew tobacco on a regular basis, cigarette smokers, and ones who indulge in excessive alcohol consumption are more likely to develop oral cancer than those who don’t. Hence, it is important for you to maintain a healthy lifestyle and avoid practicing the above-stated habits.
Early detection is known to avoid the chances of developing oral cancer by several folds. As directed by the mouth cancer foundation, we use several sophisticated and advanced equipment to detect and treat oral cancer. An oral CDx is used to extract the infected tissues for testing. A VELscope is a device that confirms the presence of cancerous tissues in the mouth using a blue light. Other instruments are used to visually examine the larynx and pharynx, where cancer could have possibly spread. Based on the data obtained from all these screenings, the dentist would determine whether or not you have oral cancer. If you do, suitable treatment will be recommended to overcome it.
Call us at (630) 897-1300 or schedule an online appointment to know more about the oral cancer exam.