At Vineyard Dental Group, our patients’ health is our number one priority. Comprehensive oral health goes beyond just regular cleanings and check-ups, which is why we offer painless, convenient oral cancer exams for our Santa Rosa, CA area patients. It is estimated that one adult dies from oral cancer every hour in the United States, and the Oral Cancer Foundation has stated that screening and early diagnosis are essential for increasing the chances of survival for patients with the condition.
What happens during an oral cancer exam?
During your oral cancer screening, we first perform a visual inspection of your mouth for the signs and symptoms of oral cancer, which can include:
- Unexplained bleeding or sores
- Sores that do not heal over time
- Bumps or lumpy areas in your gums or other soft tissues
- Irregular coloration of your soft tissues
- A sore throat that won’t go away
- Painful or difficult swallowing
- Unexplained weight loss
- Swollen lymph nodes
In addition to visually examining your teeth, gums, and other tissues, we will use gloved hands to feel your lymph nodes and the soft tissues in your mouth to determine if there are any areas of concern. Patients who are older, use tobacco, have a heavy consumption of alcohol, HPV infection, or who have a family history of cancer are at a higher risk of developing the disease. As a result, we will also discuss your family history, your individual medical history, and any symptoms you may have to help determine if you are at risk and if any follow-up diagnostics are recommended.
Your future health
Oral cancer screenings are a simple way to help protect your future health. Because it is a preventive care procedure, the oral cancer screening cost is frequently covered by dental insurance benefits. The procedure is quick and painless, and we can easily perform it during your routine dental cleaning and exam while you are already in the office, saving you time. To learn more about the benefits of oral cancer screenings and schedule your appointment, call Vineyard Dental Group today! Our office is conveniently located in Santa Rosa, CA and can be reached at (707) 545-0944.