Oral Cancer Screening
Aurora IL Dentist
Dr. Goetz emphasize the importance of providing oral cancer screenings. He is trained to detect oral cancer. By detecting any abnormalities in your oral health early, it will help you get the treatment you need to either regress or eliminate the risk of developing a more serious oral health condition.
Oral cancer, also known as mouth cancer can be found on the lips, tongue, gums or lining of the mouth or throat. Studies show it is responsible for the death of one adult American every hour. Early detection of oral cancer is crucial to its treatment success. For this reason, our team performs an oral cancer screening at each 6-month checkup.
There are a number of oral cancer symptoms that start to appear early on, including:
- White or red patches in your mouth
- A mouth sore that won’t heal within two weeks
- Unexplained bleeding in your mouth
- A soreness of feeling that something is caught in the back of the throat
- Problem or pain with swallowing, speaking or moving the jaw or tongue
- Lumps or swellings in or around your mouth
- Ear pain
- Dramatic weight loss
If you show any symptoms that last for more than a week and show no signs of regressing, schedule an appointment with one of our dentists immediately.
Oral cancer can happen to anyone, although research suggests that it is slightly more common in men. Those who smoke or use tobacco products are six times more likely than nonsmokers to develop oral cancer. Oral cancer is also more likely to occur in those with genetic predisposition, prolonged sun exposure, or in those who drink alcohol excessively. However, it is important to note that anyone can get oral cancer.
Our dentists and team provide comprehensive, high quality dental care for families including oral cancer screenings. We will make sure to understand your concerns and answer your questions, as well as take the time to fully diagnose any oral health problems.
Contact our dental office in Aurora for more information on oral cancer screenings or for a consultation.