According to the American Cancer Society Oral cavity and oropharyngeal cancers occur most often in the following sites:
- The tongue
- The tonsils and oropharynx
- The gums, floor of the mouth, and other parts of the mouth
The rest are found in the lips, the minor salivary glands (which often occur in the roof of the mouth), and other sites.
What are the symptoms of Oral Cancer?
The symptoms of oral cancer:
- A sore in the mouth that doesn’t heal
- White or red patches on the inside of your mouth
- Loose teeth
- Swelling/thickening, rough spots or eroded areas on the lips, cheek, tongue, or gums
- A growth or lump inside your mouth
- Pain in the mouth
- Pain in the ear
- Difficulty or pain while swallowing food or moving the tongue or jaw
- Unexplained bleeding, pain, numbness, or loss of feeling in the face, mouth, or neck
When oral cancer is found early, treatment is less invasive and outcomes are far better. Early detection of oral cancer can help save your life.
At Belmont Dental we include oral cancer screenings as a continuation of your preventive care. After your routine examination we then complete the oral cancer screening using the Identafi 3000 ultra. This instrument or “light” uses Multi-Spectral technology to identify abnormalities or changes in the cells of your mouth, throat, tongue and tonsils. These changes often go undetected by the naked eye, but are made visible through the use of Identafi’s special light waves, which illuminate possible areas of change that may signal the occurrence, or early beginnings of Oral Cancer.
The screening is simple, painless and takes just a few minutes. It is completed in 3 easy steps.
- First your dentist will examine the entire oral cavity using the Identafi “light” in the “White Light” mode.
- Second, the instrument or “light” is then switched to “Fluorescent Violet Light” to identify any areas of abnormal tissue growth, which may be benign or cancerous.
- Finally, the instrument or “light” is switched to “Green-Amber Reflectance Light” to examine the blood vessels around the lesions. Lesions with abnormal growth are more likely to be malignant.
After the screening your doctor will be able to determine whether or not any abnormalities have been detected. If any abnormal tissue is detected, your dentist will decide the subsequent actions to be taken.
If you would like to be screened for Oral Cancer, please speak with a member of our dental team to schedule an appointment.
Get comprehensive dentistry services from Belmont Dental Associates by Dr. Robert W. Bury and Dr. Taylor B. Bury. For more details and appointments, call us at (717) 848-1463, book online, or visit us at 3210 E Market Street, York, PA 17402.