Every dental examination includes an oral cancer screening. Dentists have been specially trained to identify irregularities that may need to be inspected more closely.
After 18 years of seeing patients from all over San Mateo, Burlingame, Belmont, San Francisco, Redwood City, Millbrae, San Carlos, San Bruno, and surrounding areas, San Mateo Dental Office has the experience and know-how to recognize abnormalities that may need more attention.
What is involved in an oral cancer screening?
The screening is quick, but thorough, and painless. It involves an examination of the following areas:
Back of your throat
Floor of your mouth
Roof of your mouth
If the dentist finds something unusual you may be refereed to another office for further testing or re-examined later to see if there have been any changes.
When should I get a screening for oral cancer?
It is important to have cancer screenings done regularly to catch any abnormalities early. Depending on the personalized oral care regime you and your dentist have established, you may need to have a more in depth, but still painless, screening.
San Mateo Dental Office works with the top medical professionals in San Mateo, CA to make sure you get the best service possible. If need be, we will get you in touch with the right office to look further into any issues that may need to be looked into further.
Signs and Symptoms
Things to look for at home
Sore that doesn't heal in 2-3 weeks
Red, white or blue patch
Lump or thickening in cheek
Numbness in mouth that didn't used to be there
Swelling that causes dentures to fit poorly (not to be confused with a denture sore)
These symptoms could be caused by problems which are less serious but should be checked to rule out oral cancer.
Alcohol and tobacco use
Human Papilloma Virus
Unknown (5%) -- Genetics suspected
Historically, nearly 75% of oral cancer was related to alcohol and tobacco use and was found in the 50+ age group. Recently, Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) has started to change the trend. Younger, non-smokers are the fastest growing group of oral cancer patients. This means that people ages 20 and up are at risk even if they don't smoke.
Oral Cancer Screening
Check face for assymetry, swelling, discoloration, ulceration
Palpate lymphatic chains
Evaluate lips (inside and out)
Evaluate cheeks (inside and out)
Evaluate tongue (both sides, and underneath)
Evaluate floor of mouth
Evaluate soft palate
In need of immediate care?
We offer emergency phone consultations to our existing patients. Call us anytime at (650) 276-4222.