Oral Cancer Screening

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Oral Cancer Screening

Oral cancer is a dangerous health issue that if discovered too late can result in serious problems or even death. It is about twice as common in men as in women. Stoney Trail Dental wants you to know that if caught in the early stages, oral cancer can be treated. Our oral cancer screening could save your life. 

When you come into visit the dentist, you are coming for more than a rinse or filling. We are trained to see and feel precursor tissue changes or the oral cancer in its very early stage. Your dentist is often the first to uncover oral cancer, therefore it becomes even more imperative to come for a dentist appointment.

Symptoms 
Can Include 

  • A thickening feeling in your cheek
  • Sore in the mouth or on the lip that does not heal
  • Lump on the lip, neck, mouth or throat
  • Difficulty chewing, swallowing and moving jaws or tongue

The Following Can Be Contributors of Oral Cancer

  • Age increase (usually occurring in people over 40 years old)
  • Prolonged sun exposure
  • Diet low in fruits and vegetables
  • Tobacco and excess alcohol
  • Infection with HPV
It only takes a few minutes to come for an oral cancer screening so why not make an appointment with Stoney Trail Dental today?

Process for 
Oral Cancer Screening

1

We will inspect your face, neck and head, making a note of any asymmetry or skin changes such as crusts, growths, fissuring or colour change during an extraoral exam. We also check for lymph node enlargement at this time.

2

Next, we do a perioral and intraoral soft tissue exam. In this exam we conduct a seven-step systematic assessment, examining your lips, tongue, the floor of your mouth and hard/soft palates.

3

After the perioral and intraoral tests, if we see signs of cancer or precancerous lesions then we book a follow up visit within a few weeks. In the next visit we check to see if these findings are still present, if they have grown or if they have changed.

A biopsy may also be required to remove a sample of cells for lab testing to determine whether cancer cells are present. A biopsy is a routine procedure and may be done by your dentist or we may refer you to a doctor that specializes in oral cancer.
Oral Cancer Screenings are recommended to start when you are 18 years old and continue annually.
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Ways to Prevent 
Oral Cancer

  • Brush and floss regularly
  • See us regularly
  • Conduct a self-exam at least once a month
  • Exercise on a continuing basis
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How Do I Conduct My Self-Exam?

Take a mirror to check the back and sides of your tongue for lumps, bumps, tender areas and red, grey or white patches.

Stoney Trail Dental has a central location just off Stoney Trail in Southeast Calgary where you can get your oral cancer screening. We are close to many shops and food spots, located beside Smitty’s restaurant. Check us out on the map and come in for an appointment because we will care for your teeth no matter where you live.
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