Oral Cancer Screening in Wolcott, CT

Preventive dental care appointments help prevent and treat dental issues early. Include oral cancer screenings and you’re taking the best steps toward optimal oral health! Oral cancer, also known as oral cavity cancer, can be caused by age, genetics, smoking habits, or even prolonged exposure to sunlight. If left undetected, oral cancer can become much more difficult to treat and overcome. Protect your oral health by scheduling your oral cancer screening at Dental Health Associates today!

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What is an oral cancer screening?

An oral cancer screening is a preventive exam completed by our experienced team of dental professionals to detect early signs of oral cancer. Oral can screenings involve a thorough examination of the oral cavity, including the lips, tongue, gums, cheeks, and throat. The screening aims to identify any abnormalities, such as lumps, sores, or unusual changes in tissue color or texture, that may indicate the presence of oral cancer.

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What happens during an oral cancer screening?

We make oral cancer screenings quick and comfortable for you. During an oral cancer screening, you can expect our oral cancer screening dentist to ask about your medical history and any symptoms you may have. A visual and gentle physical inspection of your mouth will occur and additional tools like a tongue depressor or specialized lights may be used to examine your oral tissues more closely.

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Why are oral cancer screenings important?

Screening for oral cancer is crucial because the screenings facilitate early detection of oral cancer, leading to higher chances of successful treatment and improved outcomes. By identifying potential signs of oral cancer in its early stages, our team can react promptly and offer multiple options for treatment. Regular screenings are particularly important for individuals with higher risk factors, such as tobacco or alcohol use, a family history of oral cancer, or prolonged sun exposure. Oral cancer screenings can significantly make a difference in your oral and overall health.

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