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San Ramon Cosmetic Dentistry

Sean Michael Anderson, D.D.S
1501 Bollinger Canyon Rd. Ste G
San Ramon, CA 94583
925.269.2700

 

Oral Cancer Screening by Your Cosmetic Dentist

San Ramon, Alamo, Danville, Pleasanton & Walnut Creek areas

Diablo DentistAn oral cancer screening is very important for early cancer detection. A screening is conducted before a patient has any cancerous symptoms. Detection of cancer at an early stage may make the cancer easier to treat. Cancer may have begun to spread by the time any symptoms appear. This is why it is so important for patients to have an oral cancer screening.

A physician can conduct a screening; however, an experienced dentist is the best choice because only a dentist knows the mouth completely. San Ramon Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Anderson provides experienced cancer screenings to all of his patients. In a screening, Dr. Anderson will conduct a thorough examination of your entire mouth focusing on the:

  • Lips
  • Neck
  • Tonsils
  • Tongue
  • Oral cavity
  • Floor of the mouth
  • Inside of the cheek
  • Hard and soft palate
  • Hypopharynx and Larynx

How the Oral Cancer Screening is Conducted

Your oral cancer screening will be conducted in the comfort of California cosmetic dentist Dr. Andersons cosmetic dentistry office. You will be seated in a dental chair and reclined back for the best view of your mouth. You will be asked to remove all of your dental appliances before the exam to ensure that every surface of your mouth is examined.

A member of Dr. Andersons skilled dentistry staff may be asked to assist him in your examination. His assistant will help move the light around so Dr. Andersons hands can be free. The assistant may help hold gauze and provide the proper dental tools.

Important Oral Cancer Information

Oral cancer usually starts as a white or red spot or a sore in the mouth that is tiny and often unnoticed. The cancer can start anywhere in the mouth including your tongue, inside your cheek, and the roof of your mouth.

Oral cancer can affect anyone and is more common in those who use any form of tobacco. The use of alcohol with tobacco increases the risk of oral cancer. Extended exposure in the sun also increases your risk. However, oral cancer can occur in anyone even if they do not smoke and do not show any other signs or have any other risk factors. You are at more of risk if you are over the age of 40. Oral cancer can strike anyone at any time.

Signs of Oral Cancer

  • Tissue that changes color
  • Difficulty moving your jaw or tongue
  • A spot that is rough, crusty, or eroded
  • A lump, lesion, or a spot that is thickening
  • Any area of the mouth that is painful, tender, or numb
  • A spot in the mouth, such as a sore, that bleeds or will not heal

Oral Cancer Prevention

Preventing cancer can be very difficult. Not smoking and protecting yourself from the sun are two major factors in oral cancer prevention. Some studies suggest that eating a diet with many fruits and vegetables may help prevent the development of some cancerous lesions. The best prevention of oral cancer is early detection. Scheduling an oral cancer screening and regular dental check-ups will help the detection of any sores, spots, or lesions that may become cancerous.

If you feel that you may be susceptible to oral cancer or just want a preventative screening, please contact our cosmetic dentistry office. San Ramon, California cosmetic dentist Dr. Sean Anderson and his dental team will answer all of your questions and help you understand the possible risks of oral cancer.

 

925.269.2700

Sean Michael Anderson, D.D.S
Neuromuscular & Aesthetic Cosmetic Dentistry

Disclaimer: San Ramon Dentist Dr. Sean Anderson's website only provides information on oral cancer screenings in Alamo, Danville, Diablo, Pleasanton, Walnut Creek, and the San Ramon area south of San Francisco, CA. The information contained herein is not to be taken as medical advice.
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