Oral Cancer Screenings in Thornbury

Unfortunately, dentistry sometimes includes helping our patient face unexpected, serious challenges. One of these challenges is oral cancer. The eighth most common cancer among men, it is best addressed when detected early. For this reason, Thornbury Family Dental performs oral cancer screenings every six months during routine dental checkups. Find out more about the oral cancer screenings we perform at every initial and six-monthly check-ups. Our ultimate goal is to keep you as healthy as possible and nip-in-the-bud bad things early!

What Puts Patients at Risk?

Oral cancer is more prevalent than most people realise. In fact, New Zealand and Australia are two of the most common countries for which oral cancer to surface. It is also important to note that lips are, too, skin. This means that cancer within the lips may be first diagnosed as oral cancer and later classified as skin cancer.

It is important to be aware of the factors that may put you at increased risk for developing oral cancer. Be sure to remain aware of your surroundings, including daily exposures. No person deserves to suffer at the hands of oral cancer. Decrease your risk of developing unwanted illnesses by making healthy choices.

We want to see you live a healthy, happy life for years to come!

Early Signs and Symptoms

Utmost dental health means paying attention to the way you feel. While some red flags present in a more obvious manner, others are much subtler and tend to go unnoticed. Early signs and symptoms of oral cancer might include:

  • Relentless mouth sores
  • White or red patches in the mouth
  • Loose teeth
  • Lumps in the mouth
  • Mouth pain
  • Ear pain
  • Difficulty swallowing

Experiencing any of the above symptoms does not necessarily mean that you have oral cancer. However, when new complications arise, we strongly suggest speaking with your dentist about undergoing an intentional screening. It is better to be safe now than sorry later!

Specific Care

While there is currently no cure for cancer, beating cancer often involves the removal of the area in question or chemotherapy. As neither procedure is ideal, consistently choosing the path to health is essential. Be sure to make the healthiest choices possible. Steer clear of smoking, excessive drinking, inappropriate amounts of sun exposure, and most importantly – visit your dentist regularly.

Have Questions About Your Smile?

Thornbury Family Dental is here to help ensure you live your life free of oral illness. Contact our practice for more information regarding dental hygiene and how to prevent the onset of oral cancer. We will do our best to address your concerns and guide you to better health!