Oral Cancer Screening Specialist

Fairfax Corner Dental

Dentists located in Fairfax, VA

Oral cancer is difficult to detect in its early stages since it doesn’t always cause pain or concerning symptoms. It’s crucial to leave detection to the trained eyes of the professionals at Fairfax Corner Dental. Dr. Chang Yi and Dr. Negar Tehrani scan for oral cancer at every routine appointment. To learn more about oral cancer screenings, call or book an appointment online at the Fairfax, Virginia practice.

Oral Cancer Screening Q & A

Fairfax Corner Dental

What is oral cancer?

Oral cancer is defined by a rampant growth of abnormal cells inside the mouth or throat. Oral cancer commonly appears as lesions or sores that don’t heal in the following places:

  • Cheeks
  • Lips
  • Gums
  • Tongue
  • Palate
  • Sinuses
  • Throat

Your dentist plays a significant role in the prevention and detection of oral cancer. The dentists at Fairfax Corner Dental scan for oral cancer regularly.

What are the signs of oral cancer?

In addition to sores in or around the mouth that don’t heal, signs and symptoms of oral cancer can also include:

  • Thickening of the skin
  • White patches
  • Unusual pain
  • Difficulty swallowing or chewing
  • Persistent sore throat

If you notice any lumps, sores, or skin changes in or around your mouth, make an appointment with your doctor or one of the highly trained dentists at Fairfax Corner Dental right away. Early detection and treatment are vital to successful recovery.

How is an oral cancer screening performed?

An oral cancer screening is a simple process during which your dentist or hygienist looks inside of your mouth. They use gloved hands, an oral mirror, and a light to check for abnormalities like red bumps or white patches.

The specialists at Fairfax Corner Dental scan for oral cancer during your routine visits. If they notice any concerning signs, they may perform additional tests such as the blue dye test. Abnormal cells tend to soak up the blue dye in the special mouth rinse solution.

Your dentist may have you return for a follow-up appointment to see if the sores inside your mouth change. If they suspect cancer, they may take a sample of the tissue for a biopsy and refer you to a physician.

What can I do to prepare for an oral cancer screening?

Your dentist or hygienist at Fairfax Corner Dental performs a quick cancer screening during routine appointments and cleanings. You don’t have to make any special preparations for it.

You do, however, want to mention if you’ve noticed any suspicious lumps or sores on or inside of your mouth. You should also mention if you’ve had oral cancer before.

It’s important to disclose information about your full medical history and your current medications with your dentist so they can assess your risk.

If you have any symptoms of oral cancer, call Fairfax Corner Dental or book an appointment online today.