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Posts for tag: Oral Cancer Screening

By Silvestri & Deniger Dentistry
November 14, 2019
Category: Oral Health

Undergoing an oral cancer screening is an easy way to diagnose any precancerous or cancerous tissue changes in your mouth. Early diagnosis helps enable early treatment, which can lead to a better outcome for you. Here at Silvestri & Deniger Dentistry in Slidell, LA, Dr. Susan M. Silvestri and Dr. Ronnie Deniger offer a wide range of dental services, including oral cancer screening.

An oral cancer screening only takes a few minutes and is usually incorporated into your regular dental examination. It’s easy, painless, and very important to your health, especially if you use tobacco products like cigarettes, cigars, or smokeless tobacco. You may also be at higher risk of oral cancer if you drink excessive amounts of alcohol, have a family history of oral cancer, or have had oral cancer previously.

During an oral cancer screening, your dentist will examine:

  • The lining of your cheeks and roof of your mouth
  • Your gums and connective tissue around your teeth
  • Underneath, along the sides, and on the top of your tongue
  • Your lymph nodes to check for swelling and soreness

Your dentist will be looking for:

  • White, wrinkled, or thickened tissue
  • Red, irritated, or bruised tissue
  • Open sores in your mouth that don’t heal

Be sure to also tell your dentist if you are having trouble swallowing, experiencing chronic hoarseness, or feeling recurrent pain/numbness in/around your mouth. You should also do a self-check regularly in between your dental examinations.

Concerned? Give us a call

To find out more about oral cancer screenings and how they can help you stay healthy, talk with the experts. Contact Dr. Susan M. Silvestri and Dr. Ronnie Deniger here at Silvestri & Deniger Dentistry in Slidell, LA, today by dialing (985) 641-7200.



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