Dental Professionals LLC is not only dedicated to your smile but we are also dedicated to your overall wellness. We take a holistic approach to your dental care, which includes performing an oral cancer screening as a part of your regular exam. Like many kinds of cancer, oral cancer can be life-threatening if not diagnosed and treated early.
We have the skills and tools to ensure that early signs and symptoms of oral cancer and pre-cancerous conditions are identified. While these symptoms may be caused by other, less serious problems, it is very important to visit our office to rule out the possibility of oral cancer. The most common symptoms of oral cancer include:
- Red or white spots or sores anywhere in the oral cavity
- A sore that bleeds easily or does not heal
- A thickening lump or rough spot
- Pain, tenderness, or numbness anywhere in the mouth or on the lips
- Difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking, or moving the jaw or tongue
Our team is trained to perform a simple, quick screening that involves an examination of your oral cavity as a whole to detect cancerous and precancerous conditions. Besides a visual examination of your mouth, we will also feel the tissue of your mouth and throat to detect any abnormalities. If we find an area of concern, we may perform a simple test, such as a brush test, which collects cells from a suspicious lesion in the mouth to be sent to a laboratory for analysis. If this test comes back atypical or positive, Dr. Ysidro, Dr. Barakeh or associates, may recommend a biopsy. You can contact us at 316-788-2118 for more information about our oral cancer screenings in Derby, Kansas, and to schedule your appointment with our dentists.