Oral cancer does not always receive quite as much media attention as some of the other bigger name cancers, but each year 30,000 patients are diagnosed with some form of mouth cancer, and half of the patients diagnosed die within five years. We want our patients to have exceptional dental health. At The Addison Dentist we recommend that each of our patients gets themselves checked for oral cancer at least once a year. When oral cancer has been diagnosed, early detection is the key to saving a patient’s life.
Common Causes of Mouth Cancer
Some things that contribute to an increased likelihood of mouth cancer include:
- Tobacco usage
- Heavy alchohol consumption
- Family history
- Excessive sun exposure
Oral Cancer Symptoms
Some common oral cancer symptoms include:
- Sores that heal slower than normal
- A white or reddish patch in the mouth
- Dentures have stopped fitting properly
- Pain in the jaw or tongue
- Difficulty chewing or swallowing
- Feeling like something is caught in the throat even before a meal
- Lumps in the lining of your mouth
- Loose teeth
- A sore throat that isn’t attributed to any other cause.
Mouth Cancer Detection Technology
These symptoms do not necessarily mean that you have mouth cancer, but if you are experiencing them, you may want to come in for an oral cancer screening. An oral cancer screening used to be performed by hand. The dentist would look and feel the tissue around the mouth to check for abnormalities. Now at The Addison Dentist you can take advantage of VizLight.
VizLight is a state-of-the-art oral cancer screening procedure that detects mouth cancer better than ever before because it can detect mouth cancer earlier than any other method. VizLight is an oral rinse combined with a special light that helps detect abnormalities. At The Addison Dentist we will screen you for oral cancer using both the traditional and technological methods. When our patients leave our office we make sure that they can feel comfortable in the health of their mouth.
Get an Oral Cancer Screening in Addison, TX
If you have oral cancer, catching it early can make all the difference. Feel secure in your own mouth. Help us fight oral cancer. To find out more about VizLite, or to schedule an appointment, get in contact with our office today.