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Oral Cancer Screenings: A Vital Part of Your Dental Check-up

June 10, 2024

Your health is important, and it's essential to be proactive when it comes to protecting it. Did you know that over 50,000 adults in the United States will get diagnosed with oral or oropharyngeal cancer this year? With a mortality rate of 10,000, prevention and early detection are crucial for favorable treatment outcomes.

Ensuring Your Smile Stays Healthy and Bright

At Morgan Hill Dental Care, we prioritize your oral health and overall well-being. Many people remain unaware of the signs and symptoms of oral cancer, which can mimic benign issues that may go away on their own. While maintaining a healthy lifestyle and avoiding harmful habits are vital for minimizing the risk of oral cancer, regular dental checkups with thorough oral cancer screenings also play a significant role in detecting these serious conditions.

During your comprehensive dental checkup visit at our office, we'll perform a detailed screening for oral cancer. By closely examining the tissues in and around the oral cavity and palpating the jaw, neck, and under the chin for any suspicious lesions or lumps, we can detect potential issues early on.

Being Aware of Oral Cancer Symptoms

It's essential to be aware of the following tissue changes or lingering symptoms in or around the oral cavity:

  • 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 Dental Care for a Healthy Smile

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

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18455 Technology Drive
Morgan Hill, CA 95037

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(408) 465-0770

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(408) 410-4837

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