Your mouth is part of the oral cavity, which also includes your lips, cheek lining, gums, front part of your tongue, floor of the mouth beneath the tongue and the hard palate that makes up the roof of your mouth. The throat (pharynx) starts at the soft part of the roof of your mouth and continues back into your throat. It includes the back section of your tongue as well as the base where the tongue attaches to the floor of your mouth.
During your dental visit, your dentist can talk to you about your health history and examine these areas for signs of mouth and/or throat cancer. Regular visits to your dentist can improve the chances that any suspicious changes in your oral health will be caught early, at a time when cancer can be treated more easily.
Symptoms of Mouth or Throat Cancer Can Include:
|•||Sores that bleed easily or do not heal|
|•||A thick or hard spot or lump|
|•||A roughened or crusted area|
|•||Numbness, pain or tenderness|
|•||A change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite down|
Make sure to tell your dentist about any problems you have when chewing, swallowing, speaking or moving your tongue or jaw.
Please contact us if you have any of these symptoms.
Preferred Dental Care Center will include a thorough oral cancer screening, including a VizLite scan, during your comprehensive exam.
VELscope®"The VELscope® Vx Enhanced Oral Assessment System is a useful adjunctive device to supplement the conventional intra- and extra-oral head and neck exam for the early discovery of oral conditions from neoplastic lesions to reactive (such as inflammation), developmental and congenital abnormalities. It's simple and quick to use, non-invasive and its high sensitivity to tissue changes allows for a more thorough oral exam. The early discovery of potentially life-threatening conditions helps to ensure that a patient can be quickly referred to a specialist for follow-up and treatment.
The statistics are highly favorable: when discovered early the 5-year survival rate for oral cancer patients is about 83%. Unfortunately, most cases of oral cancer are discovered in late stages, when the five-year survival rate drops to around 50 percent."