Oral Cancer Screenings in Millburn
Here at Dental Charm, we go above and beyond to ensure your oral health remains in excellent shape. Oral cancer is one of the most pervasive cancers found in the United States. Every hour, one person dies from oral cancer. Though it isn’t nearly as common as a cavity or periodontal disease, it can cause major problems for not only your mouth, but your oral and overall health, too. Time is of the essence when it comes to diagnosing and treating oral health. A patient’s life choices such as smoking and drinking heavily can contribute to the development of oral cancer. What’s more, 25% of current sufferers show no risk factors. What does this mean? Anyone could be at risk of developing oral cancer.
At our office in Millburn, NJ, Dr. Shick and the rest of our dental team stay on the cutting-edge of dentistry technology, and that includes a revolutionary tool for detecting oral cancer – Vizilite Plus. We are devoted to providing our patients with the most advanced dental technology and premier care. Using Vizilite, we can decrease or eradicate consequences felt by oral cancer at its earliest stage. Dr. Shick is the dentist Millburn, NJ residents can turn to when oral cancer arises.
Oral Cancer Facts
Oral cancer forms in the mouth or throat, typically towards the back (oropharynx). Though it typically forms in these areas, the lips, lining of the mouth, tongue, gums and additional areas are susceptible. Tobacco use and heavy drinking are most often the causes of oral cancer, though genetics and age also play a part as well.
Symptoms of oral cancer include the following:
- Lumps in the mouth, throat, lip, teeth, etc.
- White/red patches on gums and tongue
- Random bleeding, pain or numbness in the mouth
- Persistent sore throat
- Pain or discomfort felt while chewing or swallowing
- Jaw swelling
- Hoarseness or changes in the voice
- Ear pain
Keeping a close eye on these symptoms can help us treat oral cancer faster, especially with the revolutionary Vizilite Plus system.
The Vizilite Plus System
The process is very simple. First, you’ll rinse your mouth with an advanced cleansing solution. Next, we’ll take over the reigns and begin the process. We’ll use a specialized Vizilite Plus light to thoroughly inspect tissue. If your tissue has a dark hue about it, it’s healthy. White tissue usually means that oral cancer has been detected. Though white tissue is most often a sign of oral cancer, this may not always be the case. A patient could be suffering from a simple bite problem or gum irritation. Regardless, we will closely inspect a trouble area to ensure it is/isn’t oral cancer. If discovered, Dr. Shick will survey the results and recommend further action.
This simple and painless procedure helps us discover oral cancer in its infancy. The quicker we can diagnose the problem, the faster we can begin treatment. It’s our recommendation that patients over 18 years of age complete an annual oral screening with Vizilite Plus.
Our Dental Team Cares
Our team is dedicated to providing patients with exceptional dental care that promotes and maintains excellent oral health. Speak with our staff in Millburn, NJ and schedule our oral screening today. Delaying treatment for possible oral cancer symptoms can leave your mouth in pain and discomfort. See the dentist that wants to rid your mouth of oral cancer – Dr. Robert Shick.