The importance of oral cancer screenings
Mouth and tongue cancer, sometimes referred to as oral cancer, is a serious condition that can have devastating effects on one’s smile, health, and life. With Dr. Boris Yusupov of All City Cosmetic Dental Care in South Huntington, New York, patients who visit for routine evaluations will obtain an oral cancer screening as part of their regular dental appointments every six months.
What happens during an oral cancer screening with my dentist?
An oral cancer screening is a physical inspection of the inside of your mouth, including the lips, tongue, roof, and floor of your mouth, gums, and other areas. Dr. Yusupov and his team will look for any sores or abnormalities that may indicate signs of cancer and can detect early warning signs, such as changes in the color or texture of the tissue. They may also perform a test called “the brush biopsy,” in which a soft brush is used to take a sample of cells from the area being examined. These cells will then be examined microscopically for any potential signs of cancer. Your dentist may refer you to an oral surgeon or specialist if anything suspicious is found.
Can I perform a self-oral cancer screening?
Yes, you can perform a self-oral cancer screening. Self-screening for oral cancer involves visually inspecting your mouth and feeling around with your tongue and fingers to check the area for any unusual lumps or bumps in the throat, jaw, cheeks, lips, and tongue. Additionally, it is important to look out for changes in the color or texture of the tissues inside your mouth. If you notice any persistent symptoms such as sores that do not heal within two weeks time period, difficulty swallowing or chewing food, or numbness in the face or neck area, it is vital that you consult with Dr. Yusupov and his team at All City Cosmetic Dental Care immediately. An early diagnosis can greatly improve your chances of successful treatment.
Schedule a visit with our practice today for an oral cancer test
It is important to remember that regular dental exams are essential to achieving oral health and wellness. If you require an examination, cleaning, or oral cancer screening with our dentist, call our practice at (631) 352-2330 today. The practice is located at 17 Walt Whitman Road and accepts new and returning patients and families in the community and surrounding metropolitan areas.