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Oral Cancer Screening

Almost 50,000 people are diagnosed with some type of oral cancer each year in the U.S. and close to 5,000 people die from this disease. Oral cancer is treatable in the early stages, but it is often not found until it has progressed, reducing the chance of survival. Detecting oral cancer early and receiving the needed treatment can save lives. At Envision Dental, we offer oral cancer screening that can be included with your annual checkups to protect your wellness.

Many times, there are few, if any, symptoms of mouth, throat or oral cancer. By the time the cancer is found, it is due to it spreading to another area of the body. There are a few possible symptoms that can alert you to a possible problem. Sores in the mouth or lumps that do not go away in a few weeks should be examined; a chronic sore throat or trouble swallowing can be symptoms. White or red spots on the mouth tissue are possible signs of oral cancer. However, many early symptoms are difficult to see with the naked eye and require specialized scanning to detect.

Identify Mouth Cancer Early

Oral cancer screening during your dental checkups can be a life-saver. It is non-invasive and painless. Our dentist will carefully examine your oral tissues to check for any abnormal tissue. Using a special scanner, tissue variances can be detected that may be early signs of mouth cancer. If there are any concerns, you can be sent for a biopsy. When oral cancer is caught in the early stages, treatment can be very successful and significantly reduce the chance of spreading to other areas in the body.

Your health is important to us at Envision Dental. We care about your oral and overall health and we offer preventive care to protect your smile and wellness. Contact our dentist office in Marietta, GA, to schedule your next checkup and cleaning. Make sure to ask about scheduling an oral cancer screening during your visit.