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Oral Cancer Screenings – Wylie, TX

Quick Scan, Early Detection

Common Risk Factors of Oral Cancer

Wylie dentist explaining risk factors of oral cancer to patient

Although oral cancer can affect everyone, there are a few notable risk factors, such as:

  • Drinking alcohol in excess
  • Using tobacco products
  • Being diagnosed with HPV (Human Papillomavirus)
  • Getting sunburned frequently

With factors like age and gender also playing a role, this isn’t an exhaustive list. That’s why our Wylie dentist will review your medical and dental history at your visit. In addition to screening for signs of oral cancer, they can provide recommendations on how to lower your risk and share which symptoms to keep an eye out for between visits.

The Signs of Oral Cancer

Wylie dentist explaining oral cancer symptoms to patient

Since symptoms of oral cancer are often painless, they can fly under the radar for months. To prevent that from happening, make sure to schedule a dental checkup and cleaning every six months. While conducting your oral cancer screening, we will keep an eye out for red or white lesions, rough patches, lumps, and the like. We will also ask questions to learn more about the common signs, like “Have you noticed  any changes to your voice?” or “Do you ever feel like something is constantly stuck in your throat?” That way, we can rule out more of the common symptoms of oral cancer.

What to Expect During an Oral Cancer Screening

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Fortunately, oral cancer screenings are both quick and painless. In fact, you may not even realize your dentist is conducting one! The first step is inspecting your oral cavity, including your lips, the back of your throat, and underneath your tongue. In the process, you may feel us gently checking for tenderness and lumps, which typically only takes a minute or two. Of course, if we find anything worrisome, we will bring it to your attention immediately. In some cases, we will ask you to return in a few weeks for another exam. Or, if necessary, we will refer you to a specialist for further evaluation.