Oral Cancer Screening

Hippler Family Dentistry is not only dedicated to your smile, they’re also dedicated to your overall wellness. Dr. Hippler and team take a holistic approach to your dental care, which includes an oral cancer screening as a part of your regular exam. Like other kinds of cancer, oral cancer can be life-threatening if not diagnosed and treated early.

Dr. Hippler has the skills and tools to identify the early signs and symptoms of oral cancer and pre-cancerous conditions. While these symptoms can be caused by other, less serious problems, it is worthwhile to visit Hippler Family Dentistry to rule out the possibility of oral cancer.

The most common symptoms of oral cancer include:

  • Red or white spots or sores anywhere in the oral cavity
  • A sore that bleeds easily or does not heal
  • A lump, thickening, or rough spot
  • Pain, tenderness, or numbness anywhere in the mouth or on the lips
  • Difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking, or moving the jaw or tongue

The Hippler Family Dentistry team is trained in a simple, quick screening that involves an examination of your oral cavity as a whole, and not just your teeth, to detect cancerous and precancerous conditions. Besides a visual examination of your mouth, they will also feel the tissue of your mouth and throat to detect any abnormalities.

If they find an area of concern, they may perform a simple test, such as a brush test, which collects cells from a suspicious lesion in the mouth to be sent to a laboratory for analysis. If this test comes back atypical or positive, they may recommend a biopsy.

Aside from receiving an oral cancer screening during your checkup at Hippler Family Dentistry, you can do many things yourself to help prevent oral cancer.

  • The best way is to avoid all tobacco products and drink alcohol only in moderation.
  • Maintain a healthy, balanced diet.
  • Limit your exposure to the sun and always wear UV-A/B-blocking, sun-protective lotions on your skin as well as your lips.
  • During your next dental appointment, ask Dr. Hippler to perform an oral exam. Early detection of oral cancer can improve the chance of successful treatment.
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