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The Importance of Oral Cancer Screening

In honor of April being Oral Cancer month, we’re diving into why getting oral screenings are so important. An oral cancer screening includes both a visual and physical screening of the mouth. The goal of the screening is to look for anything that could be cancerous or looks to be unusual in your mouth.

Where is Oral Cancer Commonly Found?

Oral cancer is divided into two main categories, the first one where the cancer is in your oral cavity including lips, cheeks, gums, and the floor/roof of your mouth. And then oropharynx where the cancer is in the middle region of the throat to the tonsils. Oral cancer can appear in any part of your mouth or gums.

What are the Symptoms of Oral Cancer?

If you know the signs and symptoms of oral cancer you can help your dentist be on the lookout for them. If you see any signs of cancer, you can help catch and treat oral cancer sooner. Some of the most common symptoms of oral cancer are:

  • A sore or irritation in the mouth that doesn’t go away
  • Red/white patches in the mouth
  • Pain or numbness in your mouth/gums
  • Difficulty swallowing or chewing
  • Difficulty or pain when speaking or moving your jaw
  • Change in the way your teeth fit together when you close your mouth

Risk Factors for Oral Cancer

There are several risk factors that could increase your chances of getting oral cancer. One of the biggest causes of oral cancer is using any tobacco products including dip or smoking cigarettes. Other risk factors are if you have had oral cancer in the past, regularly drinking lots of alcohol, spending time in the sun and not protecting your lips against sunburn, and certain types of human papillomavirus (HPV).

How you can Prevent Oral Cancer

If you use tobacco products or drink excessive amounts changing these habits will decrease your risk. Seeing your dentist regularly will be the best way to detect cancer at it’s earliest stage.

At Paradise Dental, we understand that early detection of oral cancer is essential to saving lives which is why at every continued care appointment we screen for any symptoms of oral cancer. If you think you could be at risk for oral cancer, schedule an appointment today. You can reach us at (781) 780-2246 or contact us directly on our website.

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I couldn't love Paradise Dental more! High tech, new facility with super friendly staff. Cindy is my hygienist and she is just awesome. Also, there hours are perfect for people who work full time! My appointment was at 7pm last night! Who loves their dentist???? This girl
Marc C.
First Class Facility. Modern equipment. Professional service. This is what I have come to expect from Drs' Steve and Helyne and their entire staff.
Candice c.
It's the fanciest dentist I have ever been to. I really like the moisturizing heated hand treatment they offer while you're getting your teeth cleaned. They have lots of other little extras that make this place stand out above the rest. The cleaning and exam were pretty typical, but no complaints. I'm always wary of getting advice to replace fillings when they aren't bothering me, but that didn't happen.
Jeff G.
Great experience as always!!! State of the art office with a friendly and professional staff. I would not trust any other practice with my dental care.
Shelley K.
My first visit consisted of a consultation with Dr, Helyne Hamelburg whom I found to be very calm and relaxing as I am not a fan of any dental procedure. I will be having gum surgery in a few weeks and am actually not fearing the procedure which I have been putting off for years. Office is certainly state of the art which I had never experienced anything like it. Glad she was recommended to me by another Doctor who knew she would be a good fit for me.
John C.
The providers, hygienists, the entire staff are wonderful. I can't recommend them enough. They are efficient, courteous, and the office is inviting. I never thought I would say this about a dental office, but I get relaxed there. You get treated like your the only patient they have.
Jessica O.
Amazing! Accommodating! you can express your fears and they will help you avoid/overcome them! Would recommend them to everyone! oh! and the best part, they have all the state of the art equipment to make the visit fast, painless and less frequent appointments!
Barbara G.
The Dr.'s are professional and are well educated on the newest, cutting edge dental techniques. My whole family benefits from their expertise!
Paul M.
Always a great experience! Everyone is nice and friendly and make the visit very pleasant. They are always very professional and provide superb dental care.

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