Oral cancer is an incredibly aggressive and deadly disease, affecting approximately 43,250 Americans every year. Only about half of these patients survive for past the five year mark following diagnosis, making early detection a pivotal component of successful treatment. At Boston Smile Center in Brookline, MA, Dr. Alan Sasson and his team are dedicated to providing our patients with state-of-the-art diagnostic exams, including oral cancer screening, during general dentistry checkups.
Signs of Oral Cancer
Oral cancer is most easily and successfully treated when the disease is detected and addressed in its earliest phases. If it is allowed to progress into advanced stages, the likelihood that treatment will succeed is substantially diminished. This is another reason that routine general dentistry exams and cleanings are so vital to overall oral health. Dr. Sasson will meticulously check every surface of your mouth, examining the gums, tongue, palates, and cheek linings for any sign of abnormalities or lesions.
Patient vigilance is also important, and if you notice anything unusual about any of the soft tissues of your mouth or your throat, it is important that you call us as soon as possible to schedule an exam. Some of the common symptoms associated with oral cancer include:
- Persistent cough or hoarseness
- White or red patches anywhere within the mouth
- Unexplained pain and/or bleeding that won’t subside
- A sore that does not go away
- Unusual sensations, including numbness and tingling
- Discomfort when moving the tongue or jaw
- Thickening of tissue anywhere in the oral cavity
- Difficulty chewing or speaking
Observing any of these symptoms does not necessarily indicate the presence of oral cancer, but each of them should be considered serious and should be evaluated by your dentist.
Defending Against Oral Cancer, One Screening at a Time
Has it been more than six months since your last general dentistry checkup with Dr. Sasson? If so, we encourage you to contact us today to reserve your appointment. We look forward to providing you with the high-tech, personalized oral healthcare services you want and deserve. Our conveniently located Brookline, MA dental practice proudly serves patients from throughout the surrounding areas, including Chelsea, Newton, Cambridge, Somerville, Boston, and beyond.