Oral Cancer Screening – Tulsa, OK
Spot Symptoms Before It’s Too Late By Visiting Us Today!
Unfortunately, keeping up with your oral hygiene at home can’t solve every problem. Which is why Dr. Nauman 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, 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!
What Are the Signs of Oral Cancer?
Oral cancer can be difficult to diagnose because early signs can easily be mistaken as results 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.
What Does My Dentist Look For?
During your oral cancer screening, Dr. Nauman will be on the lookout for any abnormalities while inspecting your lips, gums, tongue, and oral tissues. She’ll be searching for common symptoms like the ones listed above, along with ones that may be harder for you to spot at home.
Also, symptoms can impact patients with restorations like dentures a little differently, so if you notice that they’re beginning to hurt or fit poorly, be sure to discuss this with Dr. Nauman or one of our dental professionals. Our goal is to spot the signs as early as possible before the disease has a chance to wreak havoc on your life.
What Can I Expect During an Oral Cancer Screening?
Getting an oral cancer screening in Tulsa is faster and easier than you may think. During your examination, Dr. Nauman will inspect your oral tissues including your tongue, cheeks, and lips for any patches, sores, or wounds. She’ll also feel the inside of your mouth for any lumps or abnormalities. If you wear removable restorations such as dentures, she’ll ask you to take them out so she can examine your mouth for any swelling. If she identifies any problem areas, she may refer you for additional specialized testing such as a biopsy.
At Glisten Dental, we want to give each of our patients the peace of mind they deserve by being able to give them a clean bill of health. After getting an oral cancer screening in Tulsa, you’ll be able to enjoy the little things without wondering about mysterious symptoms that seem to keep cropping up. Our team of dental professionals will make you feel right at home, so don’t hesitate to call us today!
VELscope Oral Cancer Screening Technology
When it comes to your regular checkups, 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 problems areas in oral tissue light up, confirming that additional tests are needed to diagnose the potential presence of oral cancer.