Knoxville and Maryville, TN
What is oral cancer?
Oral cancer involves cancer of the tongue, cheek, tonsils, throat, gums, and any other soft tissue inside the mouth. Oral cancer tends to affect men twice as often as women. Certain risk factors may increase your risk of developing oral cancer, such as tobacco use, excessive alcohol consumption, and human papillomavirus (HPV), but oral cancer can strike anyone of any age.
Why get an oral cancer screening?
Early treatment of oral cancer is critical and increases your chance of survival. In fact, early detection equates to about 80-90% survival rate. Often, the initial stages of oral cancer are not noticeable by the patient. This is why oral cancer screenings are vital to your health. If you wait until the signs and symptoms of oral cancer appear, it is likely that you are in the later stages, meaning, a lower survival rate.
The OralID screening device
At Crestview Dental Care, we use OralID, an oral cancer-screening device that uses fluorescence technology to identify pre-cancerous and cancerous skin cells inside the mouth. Using OralID for cancer screenings allows us the opportunity to catch the disease in its early stage, meaning a higher survival rate.
What are the symptoms of oral cancer?
Symptoms may vary for each patient. If you experience any of these symptoms, be sure to contact us at Crestview Dental Care for an oral cancer screening.
Symptoms of oral cancer include, but are not limited to:
- Lesions or lumps in the soft tissue inside the mouth
- Difficulty swallowing
- Difficulty speaking
- Hoarseness sound when talking
- Sores or breaks in tissue that do not heal
Some patients may experience more severe symptoms.
Can I prevent oral cancer?
As with any cancer, living a healthier lifestyle helps decrease your risk. Eating a balanced diet, exercise regularly, avoid alcohol and tobacco, practice good oral hygiene, and receive your regular dental cleanings and exams can help reduce your chance of developing oral cancer. Prevention is key!
To schedule your consultation, contact Crestview Dental Care today at (865) 982-1700. We welcome patients of Knoxville and Maryville, Tennessee.