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What Your Smile Says About Your Health

April 5, 2021

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month. Yet, despite increasing awareness of the risk factors, oral cancer remains one of the ten most frequently occurring cancers worldwide. As a matter of fact, according to the American Cancer Society, more than 50,000 adults across the United States will get diagnosed with oral and oropharyngeal cancer this year. 

At Mann Family Dental, we provide care that supports your oral health and your overall well-being. 

In addition to dental disease, the tissues in and around your mouth can manifest signs and symptoms of other health issues. A checkup visit offers more than an opportunity to assess your smile. It also allows us to perform an oral cancer screening and look for evidence of other conditions that can severely affect your health. 

The importance of early detection and care

With oral cancer, the key to a positive outcome relies on early detection and treatment. However, since many signs and symptoms of oral cancer mimic lesions that often go away on their own or are painless, it’s essential to be aware. 

The following signs and symptoms require a timely evaluation:

  • Mouth ulcers or sores that do not heal
  • Lumps or thickened areas
  • Red or white patches 
  • Persistent swelling of unknown origin
  • Pain when swallowing, a painful tongue, or a continuing ear or neck ache  
  • A constant feeling that something is stuck in the throat
  • Tenderness or numbness in the mouth or lips
  • Loose teeth
  • Jaw pain or stiffness

Although the number of annual cases remains alarmingly high, medicine has made significant inroads in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of oral cancer. With early detection and care, more and more people experience good outcomes.

Oral cancer screenings using VELscope®

At Mann Family Dental, we perform screenings for oral cancer assisted by VELscope® technology. By illuminating the intraoral tissues with a specific frequency of light, this remarkable, handheld device can quickly and painlessly identify tissue changes and pre-malignant dysplasia that might not get detected otherwise. 

This short and helpful video demonstrates an oral cancer screening using VELscope:

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