Oral Cancer Screenings – Tulsa, OK

Spot Symptoms Before It’s Too Late!

Unfortunately, keeping up with your oral hygiene at home can’t solve every problem. This is why Dr. Hammond routinely conducts oral cancer screenings with her patients, so she can give them a clean bill of health. The goal of getting regularly screened is to catch this deadly disease in its early stages so the chances of having it successfully treated are higher. At Glisten Dental Care of Tulsa, we focus on preventive treatment, so our patients don’t have to wonder about the state of their health. To get the peace of mind that you deserve, visit our website to schedule an appointment today!

Why Choose Glisten Dental Care of Tulsa for Oral Cancer Screenings?

  • Caring Dentist with 20+ Years of Experience
  • In-Network with Major PPO Dental Insurances
  • Advanced Diagnostic Technology

Signs of Oral Cancer

Close up of mouth with receding gums and damaged teeth

Oral cancer can be difficult to diagnose because early signs can easily be mistaken as the result of other problems, such as a cold. If you notice any signs at home that persist over time, it’s important to visit us immediately to make sure you’re not exhibiting early symptoms of oral cancer. At home, look out for the following:

  • Mouth sores that won’t heal.
  • White or red patches in your mouth.
  • Difficulty swallowing and chewing.
  • Numb feeling in your mouth.
  • Weight loss.
  • Chronic bad breath.
  • Lumps in the neck or cheek.

If any of these symptoms persist, be sure to contact us to see if you need additional testing.

The Oral Cancer Screening Process

Dentist giving a patient an oral cancer screening in Tulsa

During your oral cancer screening, Dr. Hammond will be on the lookout for any abnormalities while inspecting your lips, gums, tongue, cheeks, and oral tissues. She’ll be searching for common symptoms like the ones listed above, along with ones that are harder for you to spot at home. Symptoms can impact patients with restorations like dentures a little differently, so if you notice that your prosthetic is beginning to hurt or fit poorly, be sure to discuss this with Dr. Hammond. Our goal is to spot the signs as early as possible to ensure you receive timely treatment.

VELscope Oral Cancer Screening Technology

Dentist performing oral cancer screening with Velscope device

When it comes to your regular dental checkups, tooth decay and gum disease aren’t the only ailments we’re keeping in mind. With the VELscope, we can catch the earliest signs of oral cancer, which is the sixth most common form of cancer in the world. With roughly 54,000 people being diagnosed with oral cancer in the U.S. every year, it’s the perfect device for catching the symptoms early so you can start treatment sooner. Through highly advanced, biofluorescent technology, this handheld device can make problem areas in oral tissue light up, confirming that additional tests are needed to diagnose the potential presence of oral cancer.