Oral Cancer Screening
Elk Grove, CA
Many patients can be very diligent when it comes to their dental upkeep. We often see them twice a year like clockwork, commend them for exemplary oral hygiene, then check to see if anything does not look right. Even those who follow a rigorous routine can become susceptible to the damage that evolves from tooth decay, however, so it is essential to stay on top of the bi-yearly visits. A lot can happen to your teeth in those six short months, which is what Laguna View Family Dental looks for through careful inspection during routine exams.
How Preventative Dentistry Benefits You
Taking care of your teeth is an effective method of preventing many dental issues. Even though much of it can be handled within our office, it begins at home with your personal care routine. We recommend brushing at least twice a day, in the morning and in the evening, to keep bacterial buildup at a minimum between visits. Though many perceive flossing as an inconvenience, it is still very important to get the bits of food and plaque that can accumulate between your teeth to prevent tooth decay. Through the use of plastic dental pics available at most grocery stores, it can become easy to find time to floss, such as during your commute or even while watching a movie at home.
It is a good idea to start getting oral cancer screenings regularly around the age of eighteen. If someone uses tobacco, regardless of type, they should start being screened from the time they started using it. Although those who have a genetic history of dental issues are usually considered the most vulnerable, the use of tobacco or mass quantities of alcohol can also put you at high risk for oral cancer.
What Happens During a Screening?
The examination is simple and can often be done from the comfort of our chair. It should happen before you find any symptoms, so if you have a lifestyle that causes you concern, it might be a good idea to have a screening with us. We will likely ask some questions about any issues you have been having that you did not know could be a symptom of something more serious.
It is necessary to inspect all parts of the oral cavity, so we will ask you to take out any dental pieces that can be removed so we can have a closer look. Using a mirror and a light for optimum visibility, we do not screen just the mouth, but also the face, the throat, your lips, and even the inside of the nose for swelling or abnormalities. There are tools available that help us to examine most of the soft tissues of your mouth, including the throat, cheeks, and underneath the tongue.
We will also inspect the outside of your mouth, such as your head and around your jaw, to detect any unusual bumps or lesions. If you feel discomfort in any particular area, make sure to mention it so we can check for swelling and possible masses. After your exam, if we do not notice anything of concern, we may suggest you return regularly to ensure that if there is an underlying issue, we can keep up with it before it becomes a serious problem.
If you are worried about any lesions in your mouth that do not seem to heal or feel like you may need to be screened due to lifestyle risk factors, Laguna View Family Dental would be happy to help you figure out what is going on. Give us a call here at (916) 683-1335 to schedule an appointment without delay.