We take pride in serving our local community at Cusumano and Stuver Dentistry. Our team is made up of locals who want dentistry to be more than just treating tooth decay and keeping your smile sparkling- we want to foster meaningful relationships with all of our patients while ensuring their overall health. We take pride in performing oral cancer screenings for all of our patients at each and every visit, even if you’re just in for a cleaning.
Signs of Oral Cancer
Our dental team has the skills and tools to ensure that early signs of oral cancer and precancerous conditions are identified. While these symptoms may be caused by other, less serious health issues, it is very important to visit our office to rule out the possibility of oral cancer. The most common symptoms of oral cancer include:
- Persistent pain in the mouth
- Sores or thickening of the cheeks
- A persistent feeling that something is stuck in the throat
- Difficulty swallowing, chewing, or moving the jaw and tongue
- White or red patch in the mouth
- Changes in the voice
- Persistent bad breath
Because other serious oral conditions can present the same symptoms as oral cancer, our team at Cusumano and Stuver Dentistry is committed to thorough and detailed oral cancer screenings with every visit. If you show any symptoms that last for more than a week and show no signs of regressing, schedule an appointment with our office immediately.
Doing Your Part
Early detection of oral cancer is crucial to its treatment success. For this reason, our team performs an oral cancer screening during every hygiene visit. Outside of our dental office, here are some things you can do to help prevent oral cancer:
- Avoid tobacco products and only drink alcoholic beverages in moderation.
- Maintain a healthy, balanced diet.
- Limit your sun exposure
Our dedication to ensuring the overall health of our community is why we check for signs of oral cancer every time you step through our door. Contact our Arlington dental team for more information on our oral cancer screening process. We will make sure to understand your concerns and answer your questions, as well as take the time to fully diagnose any oral health problems. As always, we’re welcoming new patients of all ages.