Oral Cancer Screenings

At Yazdani Family Dentistry, we care about your smile and overall health. That’s why we screen for oral cancer during regular dental exams to ensure we can catch concerns early and treat them accordingly.

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Dental Exams and X-Rays

One of the most effective ways to detect oral cancer in its early stages is to perform regular dental exams and X-rays. When you come in for your routine check-up, our team will screen your oral cavity for spots, sores, or lumps, and feel around your mouth, throat, and face for any unusual masses or points of pain.

If necessary, we will take X-rays to assess below your gum line for hidden cysts or tumours, which may indicate oral cancer and need further investigation and treatment.

Dental Exams and X-Rays

Benefits of Oral Cancer Screenings

Benefits of Oral Cancer Screenings

Like any form of cancer, oral cancer can be life-threatening if left undiagnosed and untreated. At Yazdani Family Dentistry, our top priority with oral cancer screenings is to detect it early to increase the chance of effective and successful treatment.

We can also use oral cancer screenings as a tool to understand your risk levels and establish preventative dental measures to promote good oral health as it relates to your overall well-being.

Symptoms of Oral Cancer

While oral cancer symptoms can differ from person to person, the most common ones to look for include the following:

  • A lump inside your mouth
  • White or red patches in the oral cavity
  • Mouth or ear pain
  • Loose teeth
  • A lip or mouth sore that continues to bleed and never heals
  • Difficulty chewing, swallowing or speaking
  • Pain while moving the jaw or tongue

Symptoms of Oral Cancer

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How often do I need an Oral Cancer Screening?

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How often do I need an Oral Cancer Screening?

The general recommendation for adults over the age of 20 is to have a full oral cancer screening every three years, while those over 40 should have them annually. However, keep in mind that more frequent monitoring may be necessary depending on your susceptibility to oral cancer. For example, you may be at higher risk due to the following:

  • Family or personal history of cancer
  • Tobacco use
  • Heavy alcohol consumption
  • HPV
  • Excessive sun exposure to your lips