Oral Cancer Screening

More than 30,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal (throat) cancer this year. Fortunately, early detection of cancer and pre-cancerous conditions provides a higher probability of cure. Regular dental examinations are an invaluable part of early cancer detection and treatment.

Normally, the inside of the mouth appears pink and smooth. Certain changes within the mouth may indicate an abnormality that should be treated immediately. Some of these changes may include:

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  • Red or white patches in the mouth
  • Sores that do not heal and/or bleed easily
  • Thickening of the skin inside the mouth
  • Difficulty swallowing or chewing

When patients come in with a suspicious growth or condition of the mouth, it’s vitally essential to determine the cause. For instance, symptoms like lesions can be indicative of more serious problems down the road. Our doctors evaluate the teeth and mouth for any indications oral cancer.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How often should I see the dentist?

Children, teens, and adults should all see us for a regular checkup at least once every six months. Patients who are at a greater risk for oral cancer or gum disease may be required to come in more than just twice a year. Dr. Durand will help determine how often you should visit our office for regular checkups.