What is oral cancer?

Oral cancer includes cancers that affect the lips, sinuses, throat (pharynx), cheeks, tongue, hard and soft palate, and floor of the mouth. These types of cancer most often appear as a sore or growth in the mouth that does not go away. You may be at risk for oral cancer if you use tobacco (smoking or smokeless), consume an excessive amount of alcohol, have experienced excessive sun exposure (especially at a young age), or have a family history of cancer. While oral cancer treatment is usually quite successful when the disease is detected early, most cases of oral cancer are not detected until the condition has progressed into a more advanced stage that is more difficult to treat and may be fatal. At Great Grins, we want to make certain that you stay healthy. In order to identify the signs of oral cancer in Richmond, Kentucky, as early as possible, our dentist provides an oral cancer screening during each routine visit to our office.

What is oral cancer screening?

An oral cancer screening involves checking for the signs of oral cancer. This will include a simple examination of the inside of your mouth, as well as your lips, cheeks, and neck. We will look and feel for any lumps or irregular tissue changes that may have occurred in your face, head, neck, or mouth. If Dr. Susan A. Vanstone notices any changes or irregularities, we will conduct further testing and may recommend that you see a specialist.

To learn more about oral cancer screening and how we care for your smile, please call or visit us today. We are eager to see you at our office soon!