According to the American Cancer Society, around 53,260 people will get oral cavity or oropharyngeal cancer every year. Early detection is one of the best ways to improve survival rates. This is why Dr. Samuel Lasry recommends oral cancer screening at every dental checkup.

Oral cancer screening is pain-free and quick. We understand that many patients will have anxiety and concern about mouth cancer screening, so we will do everything to make this process as stress-free as possible. Protect yourself and your family from the risks of oral cancer by booking your screening appointment today.

Oral Cancer Screening | Lasry Dental Clinic

Mouth cancer screening in Beverly Hills

Regular dental checkups can help to identify the signs of cancerous cells. Many oral cancers are difficult to detect without professional intervention. Some will also present without other symptoms, so early detection is essential for detection. Oral cancer screening doesn’t have to be daunting or scary. This is why we include this as part of our regular patient checkups.

Early detection by a professional can improve the outcome and help to reduce the chance of abnormal cells becoming cancerous. A thorough examination can be carried out during your dental check-up, looking at areas like the gums, lips, tongue, and throat for signs of abnormal cells. If further action is required, we will refer you to a specialist. We can also put your mind at ease about symptoms you might be experiencing.

Oral cancer screening for nervous patients

We recognize that oral cancer screening might make patients nervous. And those with dental anxiety might find this too overwhelming to manage. It’s important to commit to regular dental checkups so that Dr. Lasry can identify the signs of abnormal or cancerous cells early. If you are very nervous about your visit for any reason, we offer sedation dentistry to help put you at ease.

Sedation dentistry through oral mediation can help to keep your calm during your checkup and any required procedures. You will need someone with you to drive you home after the appointment, as it can make you drowsy and less coordinated. Many patients find they can sleep off the oral sedation when they get home, and when they wake up, they often don’t recall the details of the appointment.

Oral cancer risk factors

Certain lifestyle choices increase your risk of contracting oral cancer. Smoking and chewing tobacco products increase your risk of developing cancer of the mouth or throat, in addition to larynx and lung cancers.

Heavy drinking is also a risk factor. HPV infection can also increase your risk of developing cancer. Oral cancer is more common in men than in women. Age is also a factor to consider, with most patients being over the age of 55 at diagnosis.

If you meet any of these risk factors, you should arrange regular oral cancer screenings through your dental checkups.

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FAQ about mouth cancer screening

Through a combination of inspection, palpation (touching the soft tissue), and specialist tools, dentists can detect the early signs of cancerous or abnormal cells. If you have any lumps, bumps, or swelling in your mouth, you should inform Dr. Lasry at the start of your appointment so he can inspect this further.

Yes, oral cancer can be present on your lips, gums, tongue, palate, and throat. If you have any swelling or lumps on your gums, you should make an appointment to see your dentist as soon as possible to put your mind at ease. Issues with your gums can also point to gum disease which also requires prompt treatment.

You should visit the dentist for a checkup every 6-12 months. This will help your dentist to provide preventative treatment rather than always relying on restorative treatment. Your dentist will screen for oral cancer during your checkup.