What is Oral Cancer?
Oral cancer can occur anywhere in the mouth. This includes the gums, throat, cheeks, lips, tongue, salivary glands, the floor of the mouth, and beyond. While it may seem somewhat uncommon, it impacts more than 50,000 people each year. The key to identifying and diagnosing oral cancer as early as possible is with an oral cancer screening. Doctors of dental surgery Dr. Jon Hendrickson and Dr. Samantha Rahrig perform oral cancer screenings at each dental exam for their Greenwood, Indianapolis, and Bloomington, IN patients. Utilizing an advanced oral cancer screening system, we aim to detect oral cancer as early as possible, giving you the best chance of treatment and recovery. For more information on oral cancer screenings or to schedule a dental exam, contact our Trafalgar, IN office today.
What Can I Expect from an Oral Cancer Screening?
During an oral cancer screening, Dr. Hendrickson will look at the inside of your mouth, checking for red or white patches or other sores inside the mouth. He will feel the tissues in your mouth, checking for lumps. He will also take a look at your throat and may assess your neck. This quick assessment will be performed at each dental exam. It is still important, however, that you perform your own oral cancer checks periodically at home. Some signs and symptoms of oral cancer are listed below. If you encounter any of these, contact our Trafalgar, IN office as soon as possible to schedule a visit.
- Sores that bleed easily or don't seem to heal
- Bumps or rough patches
- White or red bumps
- Discoloration in areas of the mouth
- Lumps in the mouth
Screen for Oral Cancer
The best way to detect and diagnose oral cancer early on is through oral cancer screenings. This simple and quick screening is done during your bi-annual dental exams at Dental Beauty Wellness Center by doctors of dental surgery Dr. Jon Hendrickson and Dr. Samantha Rahrig. It's also vitally important to have an oral cancer screening if you notice bumps, bleeding, or a sore that won't heal. For more information, contact our team in Trafalgar, IN to schedule a dental exam.