Oral Cancer Screenings – Portland, OR
Early Detection Is Easier Than Ever
Unfortunately, oral cancer has been on the rise in recent years, impacting thousands of Americans annually. One of the best ways to combat this serious condition is with early detection and action. In fact, specialists report that the survival rate for oral cancer is 85-90% when caught in its earlier stages! As an experienced dentist in Portland, Dr. Russ Teasdale ensures that early detection is easier than ever with routine oral cancer screenings at each dental checkup. If it’s been more than six months since your last visit or you are concerned about oral cancer, don’t hesitate to make an appointment with us right away.
Why Choose Advanced Dental Arts NW For Oral Cancer Screenings?
- Compassionate Dentist With Decades of Experience
- Included During Every Dental Checkup
- Dental Insurance Welcome
Warning Signs of Oral Cancer
Experts report that oral cancer is on the rise not because it is particularly deadly, but because people do not know what symptoms to look out for, and therefore do not seek help early enough. Between your routine dental visits twice a year, keep an eye out for the following warning signs:
- A persistent sore throat that does not respond to typical remedies
- A noticeable and persistent change in your voice
- Difficulties chewing or swallowing
- A unusual lump or bump in your mouth or neck
- The sensation that something is always stuck in your throat
- Sores or lesions that don’t heal for 10 days or more
- Patches of unusual coloration in your mouth
What Can I Expect From an Oral Cancer Screening?
An oral cancer screening in Portland is fast, easy, and can be completed in a matter of minutes. You’ve probably had several in the past without even realizing it! As part of your checkup and cleaning, Dr. Teasdale and one of our skilled dental hygienists will perform a visual inspection of your mouth. They will take several minutes to look at the soft tissues of your oral cavity, including your tongue, the roof and floor of your mouth, your gums, and the back of your throat. They may also gently check for tenderness or lumps under your jaw and along your neck.
Should we notice anything out of the ordinary, Dr. Teasdale will either diagnose it as something harmless like a cold sore, ask you to return in a week for another look, or refer you to a specialist for evaluation. Remember, finding something unusual doesn’t immediately indicate oral cancer! It just means that we should take a closer look.
What Does My Dentist Look For During a Screening?
With decades of experience, Dr. Teasdale is well versed in what a normal, healthy mouth should look like. During your oral cancer screening, he will be looking for bumps, swelling, asymmetries, ulcerations, red patches, white patches, sores, or callous-like tissue. He will also review your medical history and ask you about any risk factors you may have, such as:
- Heavy drinking or tobacco use
- Your age
- HPV (human papillomavirus)
- Frequent sunburns on the face
- A weakened immune system
While modern cancer treatment is more effective now than ever before, it is still most successful in the beginning stages. Coming to see us twice a year for your routine checkups and oral cancer screenings will give you the best chance for early detection!