What You Should Know About Oral Cancer
Oral Cancer is visible in patient’s mouth as a sore. But unlike many other oral sores, oral cancer sores do not go away. Early detection of oral cancer is imperative for proper treatment and healing. As a patient with Dr. Gregg Festa, you will receive an oral cancer screening at every regular check-up exam. Dr. Festa will check a patient’s face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, oral tissues, and gums for any early signs of oral cancer.
As a patient, Dr. Festa will also perform a Gum disease evaluation where he will check the gums and underlying bone structure around your teeth for any signs of periodontal disease. All tooth surfaces will be checked for decay with appropriate dental instruments. Dr. Festa will assess existing restorations by checking current fillings, crowns, implants, etc. to ensure proper form and correct function.
You can also be an advocate for own health to reduce your chance of oral cancer by performing self examinations, visiting your dentist regularly, and maintaining healthy teeth and mouth. You can perform a similar screening on yourself as Dr. Festa would at your check-up appointment. To do this, check your mouth for any abnormal or new color changes, pain or numbness in your lips, crusty areas around your lips, lump in your throat, or sore throat symptoms that are not going away. Please let your dentist know if you are experiencing any of these problems at your checkup appointment to ensure a diagnosis and solution are made in a timely manner.