What causes oral cancer?
The main risk factors associated with oral cancer include tobacco and alcohol abuse. However, there are a wide range of other risk factors including:
- Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
- Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV)
- Family history of mouth cancers
- Poor oral hygiene and gum disease
- Exposure to the sun.
Oral cancer shows very few symptoms in its early stages which is why it is important to take mouth, tongue and throat cancer very seriously and book regular screening appointments at our Lake Haven clinic. Even if you are experiencing no symptoms at all, we still recommend scheduling an oral cancer screening appointment at least once per year.
What symptoms should I look out for?
Early-stage oral cancer usually presents minimal or no symptoms which is why it’s important to schedule an annual mouth, tongue and throat cancer screening even if you are experiencing no symptoms.
Early detection and treatment are vital so if you notice lesions that don’t heal within a few weeks, begin to have difficulty swallowing or feel like you have something stuck in your throat, notice changes to your voice, feel lumps or rough areas in your mouth, see red or white patches of tissue or experience changes in your natural bite or the fit of your dentures, it’s important to schedule an immediate oral cancer screening with Advance Family Dental.
What is involved with an oral cancer screening?
During a mouth cancer diagnosis test in Lake Haven, your dentist will examine the inside of your mouth including your lips, tongue, throat, neck and soft palate of your mouth. Your dentist will look for mouth sores, red or white patches in your mouth, lumps in your neck and/or throat, and any other abnormalities.
We will also use a state of the art laser light called Identafi® that makes healthy tissue appear dark and abnormal tissue appear white.
We will examine your mouth using three different wavelengths that reveal any abnormal cells that may require further investigation by an oral or maxillofacial surgeon. In this case, we will provide a referral for you.
Reduce the risk of oral cancer by booking a mouth cancer diagnosis test in Lake Haven today. Our experienced dentists can provide peace of mind and support throughout the process.
To book an appointment, contact us online or give our team a call on (02) 4392 991. We can book an appointment for you as soon as possible, or help set up a schedule for annual screenings.