Our office is not only dedicated to your smile; we’re also dedicated to your overall wellness. We take a holistic approach to your dental care, which includes an in-depth oral cancer screening as a part of your regular exam. Like any kind of cancer, oral cancer can be life threatening if not diagnosed and treated early.
Our team of professionals and state-of-the-art dental clinic is set up to detect and identify the early signs and symptoms of oral cancer and precancerous conditions for. Once diagnosed, we can immediately start treatment.
Oral Cancer Symptoms
While symptoms may be caused by different and less serious problems, it is very important to visit our Barrie office to rule out the possibility of oral cancer, which could include cancer affecting either the mouth and tongue.
The most common symptoms of oral cancer include:
- Red or white spots or sores anywhere in the oral cavity
- A sore that bleeds easily or does not heal
- A lump, thickening, or rough spot
- Pain, tenderness, or numbness anywhere in the mouth or on the lips
- Difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking, or moving the jaw or tongue
Oral Health Professionals
Our team is trained to administer a quick oral cancer screening that examines your entire oral cavity and not just your teeth. The goal is to detect any cancerous and precancerous conditions. We also conduct a visual examination of your mouth and throat to detect any abnormalities.
If we find an area of concern, we may perform a simple test, such as a brush test, which collects cells from a suspicious lesion in the mouth and is then sent for analysis. If this test comes back atypical or positive, we may then recommend a biopsy. Aside from receiving an oral cancer screening during your checkup at our office, we want to equip you with the knowledge and tools to do everything possible to detect oral cancer. We are here to help you maintain or even improve your oral and overall wellness.
Preventing Oral Cancer
The best way to prevent oral cancer is to avoid all tobacco products, to only drink alcohol in moderation, and to maintain a healthy, balanced diet. In addition, limit your exposure to the sun and always wear UV-A/B-blocking sun protective lotions on your skin as well as your lips. During your next dental appointment, ask your dentist to perform an oral exam. Early detection of oral cancer can improve the chance of successful treatment.
We’d be happy to welcome you as a patient and to provide you with the dental and orthodontic care you need. We believe in going beyond oral health and treating the whole you so that you can enjoy true wellness.