Oral cancer is a potentially life-threatening disease that worsens the longer that it goes undiagnosed. Dr. Pier and her hygienists from the Dentistry Lahaina team are qualified to administer an oral cancer examination to look for any signs of the disease. During an oral cancer exam, your dentist will carefully check your tongue, the inside of your mouth, and your lips for spots or sores that are flat, painless, white, or red. Fortunately, many spots or sores are harmless, but for the ones that aren’t, you will likely need to undergo a test to determine whether the symptoms are significant.
Our team is motivated by a desire to not only give you a better looking smile, but to help you enjoy or maintain excellent oral health. This is why your regular exam always includes an oral cancer screening. Dr. Pier’s Dentistry Lahaina team offers a relatively quick and simple screening in which your entire oral cavity is examined for any cancerous and pre-cancerous signs. In addition to visually examining your oral cavity, we will also check your mouth and throat tissue for any troubling signs.
The most common symptoms of oral cancer include:
- Any red or white spots or sores in the oral cavity
- Mouth sores that don’t heal after 14 days
- Mouth sores that bleed easily
- A lumpy, thickened, or rough spot
- Any pain, tenderness, or numbness in the mouth or on the lips
- Trouble chewing, speaking, swallowing, or difficulty moving the jaw or tongue
Here are some preventive measures to help keep oral cancer cells from growing:
- Avoid all tobacco products
- Consume alcoholic beverages in moderation
- Enjoy a healthy diet
- Limit your exposure to the sun and wear proper sub-blocking lotions on your skin and lips
Dr. Pier and her Dentistry Lahaina team have the knowledge and expertise to identify early signs and symptoms of oral cancer. These problems may have less severe causes, but it’s critical to have a screening in order to rule out any possibility of oral cancer. Maui residents can contact Dr. Pier’s Lahaina office today to schedule an exam and receive an oral cancer screening.