Precancerous tissue changes and early cancer can be discovered by the dentist, and he can diagnose them during the curable stages. This means that if detected early, the survival rate is an encouraging 80% to 90%.
Oral Cancer- Screening
An oral cancer screening consists of a verbal, visual, and physical examination, and the whole procedure lasts for only three minutes. It has two different parts:
– The first part consists of a review of your oral health history, as well as your overall health history, which includes questions that help assess your level of risk for mouth cancer.
– The second part is a visual inspection of all the areas of your mouth and throat in an effort to locate any abnormalities, such as sores and red or white patches. This means that you lips, cheeks, gums, tongue, floor of the mouth, roof of the mouth, and far-back section of your tongue are all inspected.
Oral Cancer- Signs and Symptoms
It is always a good idea to take care of your own health by your own as well. So, it is highly advisable that you perform self-examinations between your visits to the dentist. There are certain signs and symptoms that indicate the presence of oral cancer and you should know them: