Oral Cancer Screenings

Oral Cancer Screenings in McArthur, CA

The survival rate for oral cancer dramatically improves with early detection. Fall River Valley Dental offers oral cancer screening as part of routine dental exams.

Oral cancer may not show any symptoms, especially during the early stages, and this is why it's essential to get yourself screened by a reliable dentist near you.

What You Should Know About Oral Cancer

Oral cancer is one of the most underestimated cancers that causes thousands of deaths every year. If detected too late, oral cancer can result in facial disfigurement, loss of function, and in extreme cases, even death. Although heavy smokers, tobacco users, and drinkers are at higher risk, anyone can get oral cancer.

Oral cancer screenings in McArthur, CA, can reduce the risks and allow patients to seek timely treatment. Dr. Zachary Pekar can detect pre-cancerous and cancerous conditions during oral cancer screenings near you.

Warning Signs of Oral Cancer

Oral cancer screening takes only five to ten minutes to complete. We look for the following signs:

  • Any reddish or white lesions in the mouth
  • Lumps bumps in the face, neck, or mouth, or raised patches of tissue
  • An ulcer or pimple in the mouth that has not healed
  • Unexplained bleeding from the gums or throat

There are different types of oral cancers, including lip and tongue cancer, gum cancer, palate cancer, inner cheek cancer, and floor of mouth cancer.

Oral Cancer Screening Procedure

We will check for bumps and lesions on the sides and underside of the tongue. Oral cancers often originate in the tongue, especially for non-smokers.

Next, the dentist will check the inside of the cheeks, lips, and floor of the oral cavity for abnormalities. We use a depressor to gently press the tongue down to view the tonsils for bumps or redness. Lastly, Dr. Zachary Pekar will touch the sides of the neck to check for swelling of the lymph nodes.

In addition to a thorough visual examination, Fall River Valley Dental also uses modern instruments like the VELscope® to identify any hidden lesions or abnormal tissues that may be invisible to the naked eye.

Please book an appointment at Fall River Valley Dental today for a thorough dental health assessment.