Oral cancer, or mouth cancer, is any cancer that affects your oral cavity. Generally, cancer is the abnormal and uncontrollable growth of cells, which destroys body tissues. Cancer of the mouth can affect your lips, gums, floor, or roof of the mouth, cheeks, tongue, or several of these areas.
When caught in good time, oral cancer is treatable through chemotherapy, radiation therapy, surgery, and immunotherapy.
Oral cancer screening involves checking the oral cavity for signs that may be indicative of the presence of cancerous or pre-cancerous conditions. During your twice-yearly dental exams, our dentist in Claremont, NH, will incorporate oral cancer screening into your evaluation. If you’re showing any worrying signs right now, you don’t have to wait until your next biannual exam. Call us today to arrange your oral cancer screening.
We use VELscope®, an enhanced oral assessment system, to provide superior care to patients who require oral cancer screening.
Some common oral cancer symptoms include:
At Claremont Dental Group, we leverage the expertise of our dentist as well as cutting-edge oral screening technology to give you the answers you require. We make sure our patients feel safe and comfortable during their appointments, and we’re always happy to go the extra mile for your well-being.
Oral cancer screening involves a visual inspection of oral tissues to check for abnormalities. Such abnormalities may not always be visible to the naked eye. That’s where VELscope comes in. VELscope uses natural tissue fluorescence to highlight areas of oral mucosal abnormalities. In simpler terms, VELscope lights up potentially pre-malignant tissues, thus enabling our dentist to focus on those areas for more accurate screening.
Remember, oral cancer can only be confirmed after a biopsy. If our dentist determines there’s a need for a biopsy after an oral cancer screening, then you will be scheduled for one after which you will receive your diagnosis and then commence treatment, if necessary.
Being in the driver’s seat of your oral well-being means being proactive at all times. Schedule your oral cancer screening today and experience the benefits of the VELscope as well as the expertise and compassion of our dental staff.