Oral Cancer Screenings Specialist

Allure Dental Care of Maple Lawn

Cosmetic & General Dentistry located in Fulton, MD

Early detection is crucial to treating oral cancer successfully, but most people don’t notice symptoms in the initial stages of the disease. Drs. Mahvash Zulfaghary and Zehra Asad at Allure Dental Care of Maple Lawn are experienced with oral cancer screenings so you can trust them to perform reliable diagnostics. Allure Dental Care of Maple Lawn is conveniently located in Fulton, Maryland. If you are experiencing persistent symptoms, or have concerns about oral cancer, contact the office or schedule a consultation online.

Oral Cancer Screenings Q & A

Why do I need to be screened for oral cancer?

Oral cancer screenings are designed to detect abnormal tissue in its earliest stages. The sooner oral cancer is diagnosed, the easier it is to treat successfully. Your dentist may recommend a full screening because you have symptoms, or because you have an elevated risk for oral cancer.

What are the symptoms of oral cancer?

At your regular dental checkup, your dentist looks for any changes in the tissue inside your mouth that you aren’t able to see for yourself.

Signs and symptoms that you might notice that could indicate oral cancer include:

  • Lumps or thick skin inside the mouth
  • Mouth sores that don’t heal
  • Bleeding sores
  • A sore throat
  • Loose teeth
  • Tongue pain
  • Jaw pain
  • Painful chewing and/or swallowing

These signs may indicate conditions other than oral cancer, but if you experience any of these symptoms for two weeks or longer, you should see your dentist for an exam and a screening.

Who is at risk for oral cancer?

Men are twice as likely as women to develop oral cancer, and men over 50 have the highest risk of the disease.

The following factors are also associated with increased oral cancer risk:

  • Tobacco use of any kind,
  • Heavy alcohol use
  • A history of excessive sun exposure

If you have previously had oral cancer, there is an increased chance of a second oral cancer diagnosis.

How does a screening detect oral cancer?

The expert providers at Allure Dental Care of Maple Lawn begin by looking for any signs of cancer inside your mouth, and by feeling for lumps in the tissue of your tongue, cheeks, and gums. If your dentist notices anything unusual, they may recommend a full screening, which includes additional tests, such as using a special dye to highlight abnormal cells or a special light that makes abnormal cells more visible.

Can oral cancer be treated?

When oral cancer is detected in the early stages, treatment is most effective. A medical doctor who specializes in oral cancer can provide you with information about surgery and other procedures that can treat oral cancer successfully.

The dental professionals at Allure Dental Care of Maple Lawn are happy to answer any questions you have about oral cancer and the screenings they perform. To schedule a consultation, call the office or book an appointment online.