Oral cancer screening is an important aspect of maintaining your health for the long term, and our professional team at the Atlanta Center for Cosmetic Dentistry is committed to helping our patients remain happy, healthy, and attractive.

As with other types of cancers, early detection of oral cancer is critical – treatment for oral cancer in the early stages is far easier and has a higher success rate. At Atlanta Center for Cosmetic Dentistry, we offer comprehensive oral cancer screenings as part of our services, as we care about protecting the long-term health of our patients.

The Facts

Oral cancer is twice as common in men as in women. To survive oral cancer, it is vital that the condition is diagnosed and treated when in the early stages. Close to 50,000 new cases are diagnosed every year in America.

What is an Oral Cancer Screening?

Oral cancers often begin as a white patch, sensitive spot in the mouth, or the appearance of a tiny lump. These symptoms must not be ignored. While it is not always oral cancer, you want it ruled out or identified. Abnormal tissue that could be cancerous can be identified with the use of a special laser light. Make oral cancer screening at the Atlanta Center for Cosmetic Dentistry a part of your regular health checkup routine.

Signs and Symptoms of Oral Cancer

No one wants to worry about cancer – so having a regular screening is important. The most common signs that you have developed an abnormal condition, which may or may not be cancer, include:

  • A mouth sore that lingers and doesn’t heal.
  • Pain in some location in your mouth.
  • Any lumps or thickened area.
  • Numb sensation in some area of your mouth.
  • Swelling jaw.
  • Loosening teeth.
  • Jaw pain.
  • White or red patches appearing in mouth, on gums, or tongue.

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Treating Oral Cancer: Early Detection Matters.

Like many other cancers, early treatment is critical in cases of oral cancer. When diagnosed in the early stages, according to the American Cancer Society, the five-year survival rate of oral cancers on lip, tongue, or floor of the mouth is significantly higher, approximately 90% when the disease is diagnosed early. Rather than being faced with undergoing a long and grueling treatment when cancer has spread to other tissues, treating it in the early stages can resolve the condition more quickly and thoroughly, while protecting your other body systems from being impacted.

We Care About Your Health.

At the Atlanta Center for Cosmetic Dentistry, we focus on patient health in everything we do, from our use of biocompatible dental materials, to the use of soothing massage for relaxation during treatment. As part of caring for our patients, we offer professional oral cancer screenings. We know how important it is that any appearance of cancer is treated quickly and immediately for better results and full recovery. It has come to our attention that more and more young people are developing oral cancer, and the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) recommends that young people 17 and older get annual screenings. The increase in numbers is linked to exposure to HPV (Human Papillomavirus) and smoking. On the positive side, early detection and treatment can resolve the condition, which is 90 percent curable.

Three Wavelength Technology for Oral Cancer Screening

We have put some of the most advanced oral cancer screening technology in place at the Atlanta Center for Cosmetic Dentistry. Three wavelengths of light illuminate any abnormalities or areas that could be symptoms of the early signs of oral cancer. We offer this advanced technology as it is easy to experience, and one of the most effective ways to visibly identify subtle changes in the mouth tissues. Talk to us about oral cancer screening, and make a yearly screening part of your overall health regimen – it takes little time to perform and has the potential to save lives.