Without your health, you having nothing.
At whole dental wellness, we believe a healthy you starts with a healthy mouth. We are happy to offer this free service to all of our patients.
In a healthy mouth, the inner lining will be covered with mucosa, a special type of skin that is smooth, pink, and stretchy. When changes to the appearance of the mucosa are noted, this could be a warning sign that something is going on. The most serious concern is oral cancer. The following signs may indicate a cancerous growth or other pathological process:
If you have noticed any of these signs or symptoms, be sure to alert us right away. Sometimes these changes are painful, but the majority of the time lesions appear without a sign or warning. If present, these changes can be detected in the gum tissue, roof of the mouth, cheeks, lips, face, tongue, and/or neck.
Oral Cancer Screenings
Periodic oral cancer screenings are essential for detecting a problem at its early stages. At whole dental wellness, we will perform a screening exam of your mouth during your routine dental visit. There are several factors that can increase your risk of oral cancer, including:
In addition to looking for changes in the color of the inside of your mouth, we will also feel the tissues of the mouth to check for abnormalities or lumps. If you wear dentures that can be removed, we will ask you to take them out to better inspect the tissue located underneath them.
If we notice anything suspicious, we may either elect to watch the lesion, documenting and photographing it to allow us a quantitative way re-evaluate it again at an appropriate time interval. Or we may elect to biopsy part or all of the lesion and send it out for a pathology report to get an accurate diagnosis. Rest assured, should a suspicious lesion be detected, our team members will explain the process to you and ensure we are getting you the best and most timely diagnosis and care.
In addition to our professional screenings, we recommend that you perform monthly oral cancer self-exams to look for changes in the color and appearance of the inside of your mouth. Remember, the mouth is one of the most important warning systems of the body, so you should always be on the lookout for signs of changes. Never ignore a suspicious sore or lump. If you’ve noticed a change that is worrisome, call us right away. We will set up a consultation to find out exactly what’s going on in your mouth.
Because Screening Is Critical
Oral Cancer Facts
Prevention is the cure.
Oral cancer causes are not limited to tobacco and heavy drinking, but also by exposure to the human papilloma virus (HPV). At whole dental wellness, our focus is prevention. Our team of experts complete thorough oral cancer exams to all of our adult patients at least yearly. For years we have utilized VELscope (Visually Enhanced Lesion Scope) technology to help us detect any precancerous and early-stage cancerous tissue. Using our wireless, handheld VELscope, we shine fluorescent light into your mouth, looking for suspicious sores, aiding us to painlessly distinguish normal and abnormal tissue. If present, some of these suspect lesions would not be present to the naked eye. If we have any concerns, we may elect to biopsy the suspect tissue and send it out for a pathology report.
This extra level of detection is done at no charge to you. Because we are committed to helping you optimize your whole body health. That is our whole dental promise.