Oral cancer can develop without showing any symptoms until it has progressed to an advanced stage. This is what makes oral cancer screening compulsory during your regular dental checkups.
At Saddler Family Dentistry in Berkeley, California, Dr. Saddler routinely performs oral cancer screenings for our patients to protect their oral health and ensure their general well-being.
What Are the Symptoms of Oral Cancer?
- Mouth sores that do not heal
- Pain or difficulty when swallowing
- Mouth, jaw, or ear pain
- White or red spots inside the mouth
- Lumps or growth inside your throat or mouth
- Loose teeth that are not connected to another oral problem
Who Is at Risk for Oral Cancer?
Risk factors for oral cancer include both lifestyle and hereditary aspects. Those who smoke or use tobacco products are at an increased risk of developing this disease.
Other risk factors include:
Men are almost two times more likely to get oral cancer than women. This could be because men have higher rates of alcohol and tobacco use.
Poor nutrition also plays a critical role in oral cancer, particularly among those who consume low quantities of fruits and vegetables.
People who are overweight also have a higher chance of developing oral cancer.
Oral cancer is more prevalent among patients above 50.
Overexposure to ultraviolet rays can increase the risk of oral cancer in the lip area. It primarily affects people who work or spend a great deal of time outdoors.
People with certain genetic conditions also have a higher probability of getting oral cancer.
Poor oral hygiene may also cause oral cancer, as dental diseases may advance into more severe conditions.
What Happens During An Oral Cancer Screening?
At Saddler Family Dentistry in Berkeley, California, Dr. Saddler will check for any signs of oral cancer during your routine checkup. Dr. Saddler will look for unusual mouth sores and red or white patches inside your mouth. He will also check under your tongue and the back of your throat for any abnormalities.
Additionally, Dr. Saddler will inspect your neck and face to look for lumps or other abnormal growths. If unusual changes are observed, a biopsy will be recommended.
If you want to find out more about oral cancer screenings, contact Saddler Family Dentistry to schedule an appointment with Dr. Saddler. You can find us at 1504 Alcatraz Ave, Berkeley, CA 94703, or (510) 653-6424.