Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer is a devastating disease. It can even be fatal if not caught at its earliest, most treatable stages. At Alora Dentistry, our Napa dentist conduct oral cancer screenings as part of your routine general dental care. There is no extra cost for us to check for oral cancer, and it can be done in a quick, painless manner. We want to help patients understand the severity of oral cancer, their specific risk factors for the disease and how to detect the warning signs at home.
While all genders, ethnicities and ages are vulnerable to oral cancer, there are certain groups that are at a higher risk. If you are a heavy drinker or use tobacco products, you are at a much greater risk for mouth cancer. In addition, oral cancer is more commonly found in people over the age of 50. At Alora Dentistry, we want to be thorough and safe in our screenings for oral cancer. Therefore, our dentists evaluate each patient for lumps and irregular tissue throughout the entire mouth and neck.
Identify Mouth Cancer Early
Early detection of oral cancer can save your life. Therefore, it’s worth it to learn the signs and symptoms for yourself. If you notice the following, go ahead and schedule an appointment with our Napa Valley dentist for a professional oral cancer screening:
- Sores that last longer than two weeks
- Swelling, growths or lumps anywhere in your mouth or neck
- White or red patches in your mouth or on your lips
- Repeated bleeding from the mouth
- Difficulty swallowing
- Persistent hoarseness
If your screening reveals a suspicious lesion, you can trust us to follow up with prompt and superior care. In most cases, a biopsy is taken of the site to confirm or deny malignancy. We will carefully explain your options should you need qualified treatment for oral cancer.
To schedule your oral cancer screening at Alora Dentistry, please contact us today. We welcome the opportunity to protect your smile as well as your overall health.