Nearly 50,000 Americans will get oral cancer this year, with an estimated 9,700 of those people dying from the disease. Time is of the essence when it comes to oral cancer because it’s treatable when it’s detected and diagnosed early. Nashville dentists Drs. Fleming, Vaughan, and Elam are highly trained in detecting oral cancer and they provide screenings at each hygiene appointment for every patient.
Detecting Oral Cancer
Oral cancer usually appears in the following areas:
- Tonsils and oropharynx
- Insides of the cheeks
- Floor of the mouth
Am I at Risk for Oral Cancer?
Oral cancer can affect everyone, but certain patients are at a higher risk for developing the disease. If any of the following characteristics describe you, make sure to get regular screenings:
- Previous instance of oral cancer
- Frequent sun exposure
- Tobacco use
Oral Cancer Signs
The team at Dentistry of Nashville will screen for oral cancer at each hygiene appointment, but if you exhibit any of the following symptoms, we suggest that you make an appointment with our office right away:
- Red or white ulcers that don’t heal
- Unusual bleeding
- Thickening tissues in the cheeks, gums, and tongue
- Shifting teeth
- Growing lumps or lesions
Prevent Oral Cancer from Affecting You
Here at our Nashville, TN dental office, our goal is to keep all of our patients free from oral afflictions. We perform comprehensive check-ups and oral cancer scans during every six month checkup with the goal of detecting any diseases or problems early on. Make an appointment with Dentistry of Nashville today!