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The Importance of Oral Cancer Screenings


Oral cancer is a serious condition that can affect any part of the mouth, including the lips, tongue, cheeks, and throat. Early detection is crucial for successful treatment and improving survival rates. At Weston Dental Specialists Group, we emphasize the importance of regular oral cancer screenings as part of our comprehensive dental care. In this blog post, we’ll discuss the significance of oral cancer screenings and what you can expect during the screening process.

Understanding Oral Cancer

Oral cancer occurs when abnormal cells in the mouth grow uncontrollably, forming tumors or lesions. It can be life-threatening if not detected and treated early. Risk factors for oral cancer include tobacco use, excessive alcohol consumption, human papillomavirus (HPV) infection, and prolonged sun exposure.

Symptoms of Oral Cancer

  • Persistent sores or ulcers in the mouth that do not heal
  • Red or white patches on the gums, tongue, or lining of the mouth
  • Lumps or thickening in the mouth or neck
  • Difficulty swallowing or chewing
  • Persistent sore throat or hoarseness
  • Numbness or pain in the mouth or lips

The Importance of Regular Screenings

Regular oral cancer screenings are essential for early detection and treatment. Many symptoms of oral cancer can be mistaken for less serious conditions, making it crucial to have regular screenings by a dental professional. Early detection significantly improves the chances of successful treatment and can save lives.

What to Expect During an Oral Cancer Screening

At Weston Dental Specialists Group, an oral cancer screening is a quick and painless procedure that can be performed during your regular dental check-up. Here’s what you can expect:

  1. Visual Examination:
    • Our dentist will conduct a thorough visual examination of your mouth, looking for any signs of abnormal tissue, such as sores, red or white patches, and lumps.
  2. Physical Examination:
    • The dentist will also feel the tissues in your mouth and neck to check for any lumps or abnormalities.
  3. Use of Special Tools:
    • In some cases, special tools such as a VELscope or brush biopsy may be used to enhance the screening process. These tools help identify abnormal tissue that may not be visible to the naked eye.
  4. Discussion of Risk Factors:
    • Our dentist will discuss your risk factors for oral cancer, such as tobacco and alcohol use, and provide advice on how to reduce your risk.

Follow-Up and Treatment

If any abnormalities are detected during the screening, further tests may be recommended. This could include a biopsy to determine if the abnormal tissue is cancerous. If oral cancer is diagnosed, a treatment plan will be developed, which may include surgery, radiation therapy, or chemotherapy.


Regular oral cancer screenings are a vital part of maintaining your oral health and overall well-being. At Weston Dental Specialists Group, we are committed to providing comprehensive dental care, including oral cancer screenings, to ensure early detection and treatment. Contact us today to schedule your next dental check-up and screening. By prioritizing your oral health, you can take proactive steps to detect oral cancer early and improve your chances of successful treatment.

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