Like many cancers, oral cancer can be treated quite successfully if it’s caught early. The team at Eltek Dental has the specialized tools and training to screen for oral cancer. This includes checking the palate, tongue, gums, and other tissues of the mouth and throat for lesions, lumps, abnormal cells, and other signs of cancer.
Oral cancer screenings can be conducted during your regular checkup or in a separate appointment. They are especially important if you have risk factors such as tobacco use, heavy alcohol use, sun exposure, or a history of cancer. The dentist will conduct a visual survey of your mouth and may also feel the tissues with a gloved hand. More in-depth tests include rinsing your mouth with a blue dye and using a special light to identify abnormal tissue. The dentist can also advise you if any follow-up is required.
I'm ashamed to admit that I hadn't been to the dentist in over 7 years. When I went this time, I was
convinced I was going to get some bad news. The team was very informative and thorough as they
examined my teeth. Turns out, there was nothing too bad to worry about. Between the x-rays,
photographs and cleaning I learned more about my teeth in two hours than I had probably all my
life. It was a great experience and I will definitely be coming back here more often!