During a normal dental visit, patients get a thorough oral exam by the dentist, a cleaning from a hygienist, and often get digital x-rays performed as well. Another service we offer in our practice is oral cancer screenings.
This is a simple, but vitally important, screening that takes about ten minutes to enable our Greenville, TX dentist Dr. Christopher Emuedue look for signs of oral cancer. The screening is done through an oral exam, as well as through the use of a special device that looks for warning signs of cancer developing. Common signs of oral cancer include red or white patches or sores in the mouth, which is mainly what Dr. Christopher Emuedue is looking for. With early diagnosis, we can inform our patient of the next steps.
After performing an oral examination for oral cancer, we use an ultraviolet light to look for bumps, sores, and patches of the skin inside and outside of the mouth. Dr. Christopher Emuedue looks at the cheeks, skin, lips, teeth, gums, tongue and throat. Everyone needs oral cancer screenings, but especially patients who smoke or drink heavily as it increases their chances for developing this disease.
Contact Greenville Family Dentistry at 903-455-6701 to get your oral cancer screening.