Oral Cancer Screening
According to the American Cancer Society, it’s estimated that over 48,000 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer, and 9,500 people will die from oral and oropharyngeal cancer this year. This is why it’s so important that oral cancer screenings become part of your routine dental hygiene visits here in Greensburg.
The Importance of Early Detection
Oral cancer is typically found in the following areas:
- Tonsils and oropharynx
- Floor of the mouth
- Sides of the mouth (cheeks)
Typically, these oral cancer check-ups are performed alongside your hygiene appointments at least once a year. If you have not received one yet this year, contact our office to sign up for a hygiene appointment, where you can receive your first screening from Dr. Kovacevic.
How is Oral Cancer Detected?
Oral cancer is detected through feeling or visual changes in the mouth, or through the application of Oral ID. During your hygiene appointments, you may notice Dr. Kovacevic will feel around your jawbone and neck for any unusual lumps. In addition, Dr. Kovacevic will perform a visual inspection of your mouth, searching for white or discolored spots, red lesions, lumps, and more.
Oral ID is another tool that Dr. Kovacevic uses, taking advantage of advanced fluorescent technology. Dr. Kovacevic shines the Oral ID blue light on the inside of your mouth to identify any abnormal lesions just under the skin. All it takes is two minutes of observation for Dr. Kovacevic to detect what can’t be seen with the naked eye. And all without the need for x-rays.
If something is found, Dr. Kovacevic will take a sample for further diagnosis. Once confirmed, Dr. Kovacevic will discuss treatment options, as well as further medical diagnoses and any areas at risk.
Contact Dr. Kovacevic About Changes In Your Oral Health
Have you noticed any strange changes in your oral health, or abnormalities in the contour of your tissues? Contact our office right away to schedule a comprehensive oral cancer screening with Dr. Del Kovacevic. It’s better to be safe than sorry, and we advocate for regular screenings to make sure you’re in optimal health.