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Oral Cancer Screening: A Vital Part of Your Dental Checkup

April 30, 2024

Your oral health is just as important as your overall well-being. At the office of Morgan Hill Dental Care, we prioritize both. We want to ensure that you receive the highest level of care possible, and that includes regular oral cancer screenings.

According to the American Dental Association, oral cancer affects over 50,000 adults in the United States each year, with 10,000 fatalities. Early detection is crucial for successful treatment outcomes. While maintaining a healthy lifestyle and avoiding risky habits can help minimize your risk of developing oral cancer, regular dental checkups that include thorough oral cancer screenings are also essential.

Comprehensive care to protect your smile and overall health

At the office of Morgan Hill Dental Care, we're dedicated to providing you with the best possible dental care. We understand that the signs and symptoms of oral cancer can sometimes be mistaken for other, less serious issues. That's why we perform a detailed oral cancer screening as part of every comprehensive dental checkup.

During your screening, our skilled team will closely examine the tissues in and around your mouth, as well as palpate your jaw, neck, and under your chin for any signs of pathology. If you've noticed any unusual changes or lingering symptoms in or around your oral cavity, be sure to let us know so that we can investigate further.

Being informed about oral cancer is key

While many of the signs and symptoms of oral cancer can represent benign issues, it's essential to rule out more serious conditions. If you've noticed any of the following tissue changes or persistent symptoms in or around your mouth, let us know:

  • Mouth ulcers or lesions that don't seem to heal
  • Unusual lumps or thickened areas
  • Red or White patches
  • Persistent swelling of unknown origin
  • Painful swallowing, a painful tongue, ear or neck ache
  • Constantly feeling like something is stuck in your throat
  • Tenderness or numbness in mouth or lips
  • Loose teeth
  • Jaw pain or stiffness

Trusted care for healthy smiles and peace of mind

Although the above signs and symptoms can represent benign and treatable issues, it's vital to be certain. At the office of Morgan Hill Dental Care, we provide comprehensive care to support healthy, beautiful smiles and to help you maintain your overall well-being. To learn more about our services and how we can assist you with your dental needs, give us a call today.

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18455 Technology Drive
Morgan Hill, CA 95037

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