Dove Canyon, CA
Dove Canyon Dental
30212 Tomas, Suite 300
Rancho Santa Margarita , CA 92688
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How an Oral Cancer Screening Can Save Your Life

Visiting your dentist twice a year could help you live a long, healthy life. 

When was the last time you visited our Dove Canyon, CA, dentist, Dr. Scott Bianchi, for a routine checkup? Everyone, from one-year-olds to those over 100, should visit their dentist twice a year, not just to keep teeth and gums healthy, but also to screen for oral cancer. During this exam, our dentist and his team will examine all the soft tissue of the mouth including:

  • Inner cheeks
  • The tongue
  • Lips
  • Gums
  • The throat
  • Roof of the mouth
  • Under the tongue

This non-invasive screening only takes five minutes and yes, it could save your life. So, what is our Dove Canyon, CA, family dentist looking for when he performs this exam? He’s looking for any unusual changes in oral tissue including,

  • Red or white spots
  • Sores that don’t heal
  • Unusual lumps
  • Pain or difficulty swallowing
  • Mouth or tongue pain
  • A persistent sore throat
  • Recurring “lump-in-the-throat” sensation
  • Unexpected weight loss
  • Bad breath
  • Chronic vocal changes
  • Jaw pain and swelling

These symptoms alone do not necessarily mean you have oral cancer (there are many other conditions and problems that can cause these same symptoms); however, if these symptoms persist for more than a couple of weeks then it’s best to visit with our dentist for an evaluation and oral cancer screening. The sooner oral cancer is detected the better the prognosis. In fact, if oral cancer is detected during its earliest stages, the Oral Cancer Foundation predicts an 80-90 percent survival rate.

Of course, the very best tool we have for the early detection of oral cancer is these dental screenings. If it’s been more than six months since your last checkup, it’s time to schedule an appointment. While those who use tobacco products and drink alcohol are at an increased risk for oral cancer, the truth is that anyone can develop oral cancer.

Looking for a dentist that has been named one of the best dentists in Orange County and Dove Canyon, CA? You’ve come to the right place. Whether you need to schedule a dental cleaning or you want to discuss cosmetic or restorative dentistry option don’t hesitate to call (949) 589-4100 for an appointment with Dr. Bianchi at Dove Canyon Dental.

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