Oral Cancer Screening

Protect Your Smile with Dr. Charles Smith

When it comes to oral health, prevention is key. Regular dental check-ups and screenings play a crucial role in maintaining a healthy mouth and catching potential issues early on. One such screening that can save lives is an oral cancer screening. At Sterling Heights Dentistry, our Sterling Heights, MI, dentist, Dr. Charles Smith, prioritizes your oral health by offering comprehensive oral cancer screenings as part of our commitment to your overall well-being. Discover the benefits of oral cancer screenings with Dr. Smith’s guide. 

A man is pleased with the result of his oral cancer screening.

What is An Oral Cancer Screening?

An oral cancer screening is a proactive measure to help identify signs of oral cancer in its early stages. It involves a thorough examination of the oral cavity, including the mouth, tongue, lips, and throat. The goal is to detect any abnormal tissue or precancerous lesions that may indicate the presence of oral cancer.

At Sterling Heights Dentistry, our Dr. Smith uses advanced screening techniques and tools to ensure a comprehensive evaluation. With the expertise and precision of our team, we can identify any suspicious areas that require further investigation or treatment.

Why Is Oral Cancer Screening Important?

Early detection is crucial in the successful treatment of oral cancer. According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, approximately 54,000 people in the United States will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year alone. By undergoing regular oral cancer screenings, patients can increase their chances of catching potential issues before they progress. 

Detecting oral cancer in its early stages significantly improves the chances of successful treatment and a positive outcome. By prioritizing regular screenings at Sterling Heights Dentistry, you are taking a proactive step toward safeguarding your oral health and overall well-being.

The Oral Cancer Screening Process at Sterling Heights Dentistry

At Sterling Heights Dentistry, we believe in providing a comfortable and efficient experience for our patients during oral cancer screenings. Here’s what you can expect during your visit:

Discussion and Medical History Review

To begin the screening process, our dental professionals will have an open conversation with you about your medical history, lifestyle habits, and any concerns or symptoms you may have. This information helps us understand your risk factors and guides us in tailoring the screening process to your specific needs.

Visual Examination

The next step involves a visual examination of the oral cavity, where our Sterling Heights dentist will inspect your mouth, tongue, lips, and throat for any signs of abnormalities. He’ll carefully observe the color, texture, and general condition to identify any areas of concern.

Physical Examination

During the physical examination, Dr. Smith will palpate the tissues in and around your mouth. This tactile evaluation helps identify any lumps, bumps, or unusual changes in texture that may indicate a potential issue.

Additional Diagnostic Tests

In some cases, our dental professionals may recommend additional diagnostic tests to further evaluate any suspicious areas detected during the examination. These tests may include:

  • Oral Brush Biopsy: A painless procedure where cells from a suspicious area are gently brushed and collected for laboratory analysis.
  • Salivary Diagnostic Test: A non-invasive test that analyzes the saliva for genetic markers and other indicators of oral cancer risk.
  • X-rays or Imaging: These diagnostic tools help visualize the underlying structures of the oral cavity, including the jawbone and throat, providing a comprehensive view for evaluation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Contact Dr. Charles Smith For Your Oral Cancer Screening

Oral cancer screening at Sterling Heights Dentistry is essential for your oral and overall health. By detecting signs of oral cancer early, we can make sure you get timely treatment and increase the chances of a positive outcome. Don’t wait until it’s too late — prioritize your oral health and schedule a comprehensive oral cancer screening with Dr. Smith.

Call (586) 939-5151 or fill out our online contact form to schedule your oral cancer screening at Sterling Heights Dentistry. We’re always happy to help new and returning patients from the areas around Sterling Heights, Warren, Troy, and Detroit, MI.