ORAL CANCER SCREENING

Regular attention can make all the difference

At Novato Family Dental Care, we are dedicated to keeping you and your smile in optimum health. To that end, we provide oral cancer screenings during each of your routine dental exams.

Our dentists will examine your lips, face, jaw, neck, and the inside of your mouth — including tongue, gums, roof of the mouth, and inside of the cheeks. If we notice any abnormalities, or signs of oral cancer, we will prescribe appropriate therapy or refer you to a specialist for further evaluation and treatment.

Detected in the early stages, oral cancer is very treatable. However in many cases, it goes undiagnosed until it has progressed into more advanced, serious stages that are more difficult to treat. While oral cancer sometimes presents no symptoms, please be alert to the following:

  • Unexplained bleeding in the mouth
  • Red, white, or speckled red and white patches in the mouth
  • Persistent sores inside the mouth, on the face or neck that bleed easily and do not heal within 2 weeks
  • A persistent sore throat

Regular exams and screenings are your best defense in catching the early warning signs of and treating oral cancer. Schedule an appointment without delay if any of the above conditions exist, or persist.