Also known as mouth cancer, oral cancer is when abnormal tissues form in the oral cavity and includes all the soft tissues inside the mouth that you see when you open wide, including your:
Mouth cancers can start in the oral cavity and spread to other body parts, like the head and neck.
As you get older, it’s wise to perform cancer self-screenings periodically. Here are some oral cancer symptoms to be aware of:
If you notice any of the previously mentioned symptoms, schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. Dr. Adelpour will investigate your symptoms and tell you if he suspects oral cancer.
Oral cancer screening doesn’t require any special preparations for patients, and it’s typically a part of routine dental cleanings and checkups at BLVD Dental. When our dental team screens for oral cancer, our dental team will:
If Dr. Adelpour suspects oral cancer, he might recommend a follow-up visit within a few weeks or order a biopsy to ensure that your abnormal cells aren’t cancerous.
While there are no proven methods of preventing oral cancer, here are some ways to reduce your risk of developing it: