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Oral Cancer Screening in Oakdale

Early cancer detection for the mouth, lips, tongue or throat. Learn the signs and understand your risks.
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The signs and symptoms of oral cancer

Oral cancer is characterized from abnormal cell growth in the mouth, lips, tongue or throat. With early detection, oral cancers have a high rate of successful treatment. The people at the greatest risk for oral cancers are those over the age of 45 but regardless of your age, you should opt for oral cancer screening if you’ve experienced any of the following symptoms:

  • Discolored patches in your mouth or on your lips including white or dark red in color.
  • Unfamiliar lumps or unusual changes in texture.
  • Canker sores that won’t heal, numb patches or persistent bleeding.
  • Unusual feeling tongue, change in sense of taste and difficulty swallowing.

The risk factors for oral cancer

There are several behaviours and conditions that are associated with a higher risk of oral cancer. These include:

  • Smoking or consuming tobacco products such as cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco
  • Heavy or moderately heavy consumption of alcohol (especially combined with tobacco)
  • Possibility of human papillomavirus (HPV) infection of the mouth.
  • Excessive exposure to the sun; a lifestyle that includes lots of sun exposure.
  • A poor diet or poor eating habits.
  • Family history of oral cancer.
  • Oral cancer is more common in men than in women.
  • A history of leukoplakia (a thick, whitish-color patch that develops inside the mouth)

Prevention, detection and treatment of oral cancer

Treatment will be planned on a case by case basis and will heavily depend on the severity, type and location of the suspected cancer.

Spotting early signs of cancer

The goal of an oral cancer screening is the early detection of cancer or precancerous conditions in your mouth. During the exam, your dentist will look over the inside of your mouth and under your tongue for red or white patches or suspicious sores. Your dentist will also feel the tissues in your mouth to check for lumps or odd textures and may also feel the outside of your throat and neck for lumps.

Diagnosis and treatment

If signs of cancer are detected during your oral screening you may be asked to undergo additional testing such as a biopsy (where a small piece of the suspicious tissue is removed for lab examination) or imaging tests like Xrays, ultrasounds, CT scans or an MRI. To remove confirmed tumours, surgery or chemotherapy or radiation therapy may be necessary.

Prevention of oral cancer

You can take steps now to help prevent oral cancer later. To help reduce your risk of oral cancer see your dentist regularly for routine exams, stop using tobacco products and drink responsibly, be mindful of your exposure to direct sunlight and use U/V protective lip balms, eat a healthy diet with plenty of fruits and veggies and during your routine brushing and flossing rituals, remember to check your mouth for signs or symptoms so that you can report any concerns to your dentist.

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Your consultation will include an examination of everything from your teeth, gums and soft tissues to the shape and condition of your bite. Generally, we want to see how your whole mouth looks and functions. Before we plan your treatment we want to know everything about the health and aesthetic of your smile, and, most importantly, what you want to achieve so we can help you get there.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any of the risk factors for oral cancer it’s a good idea to ask for an oral cancer screening at your regular dental exam. If you have discovered an unusually colored or textured patch in your mouth or a lump or suspicious sore you’re encouraged to schedule an appointment to get it checked out.
Your dentist will examine your lips and the inside of your mouth including your cheeks, gums and all sides of your tongue. They will also carefully feel around for any lumps or unusual textures. The dentist may also feel your face, jaw, throat and neck for unusual lumps or tenderness.
Wash your hands with warm soapy water. In front of your bathroom mirror, you’ll want to examine the roof of your mouth, your lips, tongue and gums. Pull your top lip up and bottom lip down to see behind them. You may use a piece of gauze or a cotton pad to help you grip your tongue to check the sides and underside. Do your best to look at your gums, and use your fingers to feel the insides of your mouth. You’re looking and feeling for color changes, lumps and bumps, unusual textures or tenderness. Let your dentist know if you have any sores that have not healed after two weeks.
Small, usually painless, flat patches that may appear red, white, gray or yellow with red edges. These small patches can affect any area of the mouth including the lips, gums, cheeks, tongue and the roof of the mouth. As a good rule of thumb, it’s a good idea to have anything that looks or feels unusual checked out by your doctor or dentist.

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Samantha Kae
6 months ago
My husband had a great experience here. He has been to many dental offices and has always had pain during the procedure. Thanks to Dr. Anderson and Shayla he felt nothing at all through both an extraction and a root canal. Our family would very much recommend these guys and will always be receiving our dental work here!
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Joni H
1 year ago
Our family made the switch to All Family Dental when the dental office that we had been going to for over 20 years said that the next available appointment was 10 months away! Actually, they did us a favor because we couldn’t be happier with All Family Dental. Not only are they very accommodating with appointment times, but the entire staff is personable and technically top notch!
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Bryan Foss
1 year ago
Dr. Kevin and his assistant Sara were absolutely fantastic. I have never had the personable service and feeling like my best interests were the most important. I have found my forever dentist. I will definitely be sending people I care about there!
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I wanted to share the incredible experience I had at All Family Dental today. Elizabeth was my dental hygienist. She has such personal and professional chairside manners. She makes me feel very welcome from the minute I sit down. She tells me exactly what she will be doing so there are no surprises. At this appointment, she needed to share with me that I brush my teeth too hard. However, rather then accusing me of brushing incorrectly, she walked me through a series of questions that allowed me to determine I could change my brushing technique and preserve my pearly whites even longer. Thanks, Elizabeth, you're a dental ROCK STAR!
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Dr Anderson, Dr Tim and the staff Shayla, Marlena, Mary, Tara, Melanie, are VERY professional, knowledgeable, and compassionate. I’ve been coming here for a year now and every time I come in they know me by name - very impressive. That’s the high level of attention to detail they provide. Walking into All Family Dental gives me a friendly feeling of warmth, comfort, and confidence that I am right were I want to be for my dental work. I would recommend All Family Dental to any and all of my friends and family. I consider myself very fortunate that I found such a solid dental practice with such wonderful people. You will too!
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Samantha Kae
6 months ago
My husband had a great experience here. He has been to many dental offices and has always had pain during the procedure. Thanks to Dr. Anderson and Shayla he felt nothing at all through both an extraction and a root canal. Our family would very much recommend these guys and will always be receiving our dental work here!
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Joni H
1 year ago
Our family made the switch to All Family Dental when the dental office that we had been going to for over 20 years said that the next available appointment was 10 months away! Actually, they did us a favor because we couldn’t be happier with All Family Dental. Not only are they very accommodating with appointment times, but the entire staff is personable and technically top notch!
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Bryan Foss
1 year ago
Dr. Kevin and his assistant Sara were absolutely fantastic. I have never had the personable service and feeling like my best interests were the most important. I have found my forever dentist. I will definitely be sending people I care about there!
More
I wanted to share the incredible experience I had at All Family Dental today. Elizabeth was my dental hygienist. She has such personal and professional chairside manners. She makes me feel very welcome from the minute I sit down. She tells me exactly what she will be doing so there are no surprises. At this appointment, she needed to share with me that I brush my teeth too hard. However, rather then accusing me of brushing incorrectly, she walked me through a series of questions that allowed me to determine I could change my brushing technique and preserve my pearly whites even longer. Thanks, Elizabeth, you're a dental ROCK STAR!
More
Dr Anderson, Dr Tim and the staff Shayla, Marlena, Mary, Tara, Melanie, are VERY professional, knowledgeable, and compassionate. I’ve been coming here for a year now and every time I come in they know me by name - very impressive. That’s the high level of attention to detail they provide. Walking into All Family Dental gives me a friendly feeling of warmth, comfort, and confidence that I am right were I want to be for my dental work. I would recommend All Family Dental to any and all of my friends and family. I consider myself very fortunate that I found such a solid dental practice with such wonderful people. You will too!
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