IN WARREN, NJ
During an Oral Exam, we will evaluate your mouth's overall health and oral hygiene, including your gums, tongue, cheeks and palate. We will assess your need for any tooth restoration as well as remove stains and deposits on your teeth. If necessary, we will take digital dental X-rays.
ORAL CANCER SCREENING
Dentist in Warren, NJ
Oral cancer accounts for 2.9% of all diagnosed cases of cancer in the United States
Men are twice as likely to develop oral cancer.
In the US, 51,000 will develop oral cancer this year.
Oral cancer will cause roughly 8,000 deaths per year.
Oral cancer can occur anywhere in the orofacial complex- or the muscles of the jaw, lips, tongue, soft palate, and larynx- but is most often found on the tongue, the tonsils and oropharynx (or the middle part of the pharynx (throat), behind the mouth), the gums, floor of the mouth, lips, cheek lining or the hard palate.
While the disease can affect anyone, men are twice as likely to develop oral cancer as women. Those particularly at risk for oral cancer are men over the age of 50 who are heavy smokers and frequently drink alcohol. Additional risk factors may include UV exposure from the sun or sunlamps, GERD (gastro-intestinal reflux disease), prior head and neck radiation treatment, exposure to certain chemicals and poor diet.
While the death rate from oral cancer has been decreasing in the past several decades thanks to early detection and advanced methods of treatment improving the outcomes of care, there has been a recent rise in the incidence of oropharyngeal cancer due to increased transmission of the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV).
As part of a comprehensive exam, the dentist will perform a screening for oral cancer. To start, the dentist will review the patient’s medical and dental histories and ask if there have been any changes to his or her oral health or overall health. The dentist will then carefully check in and around the oral cavity as well as the head and neck area for signs or symptoms that may indicate the presence of a problem