Protecting Your Health: Oral Cancer Screening at Paradise Smiles of Chantilly | Chantilly Dentist

Early detection is key to effectively combatting cancer, and oral cancer is no exception. Regular screenings serve as your primary defense against oral cancer, and at Paradise Smiles of Chantilly, our Dentist in Chantilly is extensively trained in conducting thorough screenings for this condition.

During your screening appointment, we meticulously examine your lips, tongue, gums, mouth, and throat for any signs of abnormalities that could indicate or develop into oral cancer. We carefully consider any symptoms you may be experiencing, and if you’ve had persistent oral cancer symptoms for more than two weeks without improvement, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with our dentist immediately.

Symptoms that may indicate oral cancer include ear pain, non-healing mouth sores, white or red patches in your mouth, dramatic weight loss, lumps or swelling in or around your mouth, sore throat unrelated to other sinus symptoms, sensation of something caught in the back of your throat, and pain or difficulty in swallowing, speaking, or moving your jaw or tongue.

Shockingly, one adult American succumbs to oral cancer every hour. While anyone can develop oral cancer, certain factors can increase your risk, including genetic predisposition, prolonged sun exposure, an unhealthy diet, smoking, chewing tobacco, and excessive alcohol consumption. Additionally, oral cancer tends to be more prevalent in men than in women.

Regardless of the cause, the success of treatment depends on factors such as the size, type, and stage of the cancer. Early detection significantly improves the chances of successful recovery, with early-stage oral cancers boasting an 80–90% survival rate. Early or precancerous oral lesions can often be removed with less invasive procedures, whereas advanced stages may require more complex treatments.

For more information about oral cancer and to schedule an oral cancer screening or comprehensive dental exam, contact our office. Your health and well-being are our top priorities, and we’re dedicated to providing you with the highest standard of care at Paradise Smiles of Chantilly.

Paradise Smiles of Chantilly
Phone: (703) 955-7200
4090 Airline Pkwy, Ste A
Chantilly, VA 20151