Everyone that seeks care at Newhouse Perio gets a complimentary oral cancer screening as part of a comprehensive periodontal examination. According to the American Dental Association, more than 42,000 Americans received an oral or throat cancer diagnosis in the last year. Often patients don’t realize there is anything to have evaluated until the cancer is advanced since such areas may not hurt. Because early detection and timely treatment can help save lives, Newhouse Perio thinks it is important to have oral cancer screening exams at each examination appointment – whether you are a new patient or one in a maintenance program.
Oral cancer screening does not hurt and are easy to do. If you are a smoker, use alcohol heavily, or have a history of lots of sun exposure, you may be at greater risk for oral cancer. Cancers can occur on the tongue, under the tongue, hard or soft palate, gums, inner surfaces of the cheeks, or the lips. If a suspicious area is observed, Dr. Newhouse may recommend a biopsy.