Smile Advanced Dental Care

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ORAL CANCER SCREENINGS

DENTISTS IN NEW BRAUNFELS

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In the United States alone, one adult dies every hour from oral cancers. When oral cancers are identified in initial stages, treatment can begin more quickly. In initial stages, treatment has a higher rate of success and is less invasive. In more advanced stages, oral cancers are more likely to have spread to other areas and need complex treatment.

Dr. Matos recommends having an oral cancer screening at least once each year. Regular screenings can help ensure early detection of any potential cancers.

During your oral cancer screening, Dr. Matos will check for any abnormalities. We will closely examine your mouth, throat, lips, gums, and tongue. Let us know about any potential symptoms you have experienced, including:

Pain or difficulty with speaking, swallowing, or moving your jaw or tongue
A sensation that something is caught in the back of your throat
Sore throat with no other sinus symptoms
Lumps or swellings in or around your mouth
Drastic weight loss
White or red patches in your mouth
Mouth sores that do not heal
Unexplained ear pain
Unexplained bleeding in your mouth
If you have experienced any of these symptoms for more than a week without improvement, call us immediately for an appointment.

Anyone may develop oral cancer, but there are certain factors that can increase your risks. Some of the most common include:

Being male (men are more likely to develop oral cancer than women)
Use of tobacco in any form (6 times more likely)
Genetic predisposition for oral cancers
Excessive or prolonged exposure to sun
Unhealthy diet
Excessive consumption of alcoholic beverages
Having gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD)
For more information on oral cancer screenings or to schedule an appointment, contact Smile Advanced Dental Care.