Oral Cancer – How Your Dentist Can Detect It

Posted on: July 14, 2016

Any type of cancer is scary. No one wants to face this type of ailment; however ignoring the problem only makes it worse. Anyone can be plagued with cancer no matter how much they take care of themselves. That being said early detection is key to successful treatment. It is important to get regular dental checkups, which can help to give insight into whether you are at risk for oral cancer and assist in oral cancer detection. Dr. Nicole M. Berger is committed to comfortably providing patients with the highest level of oral care. Dr. Berger has studied oral cancer detection and will use her knowledge to keep you safe. She is also compassionate and has experience helping patients who experience emotional distress associated with oral cancer screenings. Our staff will be there for you every step of the way.

What is Oral Cancer?

Oral CancerCancer is caused by unusually high cell growth. These cells are invasive. They damage the tissue they grow through. Cancer can spread quickly and are dangerous. The places oral cancer appear are:
  • The Lips
  • The tongue
  • Inside Lining Of The Cheeks
  • The Palate, Hard & Soft
  • Salivary Glands
  • Inside The Throat
  • Underneath The Tongue, Floor Of The Mouth
  • Teeth & Gums
People with a history of smoking or consuming alcohol are at a higher risk. As well, exposure to a virus called human papillomavirus, specifically the strain, HPV-16is linked to several subsets of oral cancer. Sun exposure can also increase risk and increasing age, oral cancer is most often detected in persons 40 years of age and older. Dr. Nicole M. Berger is highly trained in oral cancer detection and wants her patients to know should the worst happen she is always available to assist you. It is important that everyone gets regular check-ups.

How is Oral Cancer Detected?

Here are some physical symptoms you can look out for:
  • Mouth Sores, Red Or White, That Do Not Heal For More Than 2 Weeks
  • Unusual Lumps
  • Pain or Numbness
  • Difficulty Eating and Drinking
  • Strange Colors in your Mouth
If you have experienced any of these symptoms be sure to let your doctor know. Your information can really help Dr. Berger and the rest of our office identify problems before they get worse. As stated before those who drink alcohol and smoke are at a higher risk for Oral Cancer but we want you to rest assured that we are here for you and will use all available protocols for a proper diagnosis. We are here to provide you with the proper oral cancer screenings and any necessary treatment.After speaking to you about your history and listening to your oral complaints, Dr. Berger will give you an in-depth examination. Our oral exam will take no longer than 5 minutes. Using a light for illumination and magnifying eyewear Dr. Berger will inspect your mouth for any irregularities.Here are some signs we look for:
  • Specific Lesions (Red and white lesions are the most suspect)
  • Lumps in the Soft Tissue
  • Stiffness in the Jaw
  • Swelling of the Jaw
Once your exam is complete Dr. Berger will analyze and document anything that she finds. If there is any need for concern she will compassionately explain the situation and schedule you a follow up. If you are at risk we will do our best to make sure that you receive the care necessary to rectify the situation.

Contact South Florida Smile Spa

If you are in need of an oral cancer exam, please contact our office immediately. Dr. Nicole M. Berger is here to safely, comfortably and compassionately provide you the dental services you need. If you regularly smoke or drink it is even more important to get your mouth checked especially if you are experiencing discomfort. Call 954-785-1100 to schedule your appointment today.