At Northwest Dental Arts & Sleep Therapy, we are dedicated to keeping your smile in the best of health. To ensure that you stay in good health, our caring dentist, Dr. Jennifer B. Frankel, provides oral cancer screenings during each routine dental exam. Oral cancer screenings include an examination of your lips, face, jaw, neck, and the inside of your mouth, including the tongue, gums, roof of the mouth, and cheeks. If we notice any of the signs of oral cancer or any other abnormalities, we will prescribe appropriate treatment or, if needed, refer you to a specialist for further evaluation and treatment.
When oral cancer is detected in the early stages, it is very treatable. In most cases, however, oral cancer goes undiagnosed until it has progressed into more advanced, serious stages that are much more difficult to treat. While oral cancer sometimes presents no symptoms, the following are common signs of oral cancer:
- Unexplained bleeding in the mouth
- Red, white, or speckled red and white patches in the mouth
- Persistent sores in the mouth or on the face or neck that bleed easily and do not heal within 2 weeks
- A persistent sore throat
We invite you to contact us today to learn more and to schedule your next screening for oral cancer in Keizer, Oregon.