Oral cancer is a growing health concern that may affect patients of all types. Although men are typically diagnosed with oral cancer at a higher rate, women diagnosed with oral cancer is on the rise as well. Recognizing oral cancer may be difficult for some patients because the symptoms can sometimes be hard to recognize. The most effective way to identify oral cancer is through preventive dental care.
At Dental Creations in Medford, NJ, Dr. Poorva Parnaik offers a thorough oral cancer screening during every preventive care exam. Dr. Morgan uses VELscope® technology to identify any signs of oral cancer. VELscope® technology allows Dr. Parniak to spot cancerous and precancerous cells in the oral cavity. VELscope is a quick, noninvasive way to identify oral cancer. If oral cancer is suspected during your exam, Dr. Parnaik will work with you to coordinate the next steps in your treatment. Patients may need to undergo a biopsy to determine if oral cancer is present.
Catching oral cancer early may allow patients to receive the conservative, effective treatment needed to improve their overall health. If you haven’t visited the dentist for your preventive care visit, or you have noticed a change in your oral health, please contact Dental Creations in Medford, NJ. Patients can call 609.365.0673 to schedule an appointment or schedule an appointment online.
Notes on Oral Cancer
Possible Signs of Oral Cancer
- Red or white patches on the mouth, lips, or tongue
- Sores on the mouth, tongue, or lips
- Tenderness or discomfort in the mouth
- Numbness in tongue or lips
- A persistent sore throat
- Difficulty swallowing, chewing or speaking
- Enlarged neck lymph nodes
- Mouth ulcers and/or bad breath
- A lump in the mouth, neck, tongue, or lips
Possible Risk Factor for Oral Cancer
- Tobacco use
- Alcohol consumption
- HPV (human papillomavirus)