Have you had your oral cancer screening? Maintaining a healthy smile, beautiful smile takes more than regular dental cleanings. An annual cancer screening can provide the early detection necessary to protect your smile and save your life. Oral cancer results in the death of more than 7,000 people a year. Periodontists Drs. Scott and Bradley Ross perform oral cancer screenings in Miami, FL, as part of the annual exam and recommend that patient’s ask for a screening if they believe anything looks or feels different. 

What Does Cancer Look Like?
During an oral cancer screening, our periodontist is looking for any type of abnormality or change in soft tissue that might indicate the early signs of cancer. This might include:

  • Red, white, or pink patches
  • Sores that do not heal
  • Lumps, bumps, or cysts
  • Thick or rough tissue
  • Lesions

Am I at Risk for Oral Cancer?
Some people are more likely to develop oral cancer than others. If you believe that you are at risk for oral cancer, talk to our periodontist to ensure that you have your oral cancer screening performed at regular intervals. The following are factors that may contribute to oral cancer:

  • Tobacco usage
  • High alcohol consumptio
  • Excessive sun exposure 
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Gender (men have a higher incidence)
  • Age (anyone over 40 is at greater risk)
  • Poor diet

What Can I Expect at My Oral Cancer Screening?
Our periodontists will perform a visual and tactile examination of your soft tissue, including your gums, cheeks, tongue, and throat. An oral cancer screening is quick and painless. If something is detected, a biopsy may be performed for further inspection. This will not only identify oral cancer but will indicate the stage of its progression. 

Make your oral health a priority. Schedule your visit with Drs. Scott and Bradley Ross for an oral cancer screening in Miami, FL. Early detection is the best way to ensure your health.