Oral Cancer Screening in San Elijo Hills - The Hills Family Dentistry in San Marcos

Oral Cancer Screening

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Oral Cancer Screening: Early Detection Saves Lives

At The Hills Family Dentistry in San Elijo Hills, CA, we are committed to your oral health and conduct thorough screenings for oral cancer, knowing that early detection can greatly enhance treatment success. Here’s an overview of what to expect during an oral cancer screening:

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Understanding Oral Cancer

Oral cancer affects tens of thousands each year, and its early detection is vital for improving survival rates. Our screening process includes a detailed visual and physical examination. We inspect your teeth, gums, cheeks, tongue, and throat with a dental mirror, followed by palpating your mouth to feel for any unusual lumps or masses. While many findings are benign, any suspicious abnormalities might require further tests, such as additional scans or biopsies, using tools like our advanced 3D x-ray machine, the CBCT (cone beam CT), which provides detailed images of your head and neck.

Recognizing Warning Signs

Being aware of oral cancer’s warning signs can lead to early detection and treatment. Watch for:

  • Unexplained lumps or masses in your mouth or throat.
  • Continuous pain or swelling in your mouth, particularly in the jaw.
  • Persistent sores or bleeding in the mouth.
  • Problems with swallowing, numbness in the throat, or ongoing ear pain.

If you notice any of these symptoms, contact Dr. Martin or Dr. Thomas at The Hills Family Dentistry immediately by calling (760) 798-7166. Early detection is crucial for effective treatment.

For comprehensive dental care, including exams, pediatric dentistry, and routine cleanings, trust our experienced team at The Hills Family Dentistry.