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Checking Yourself for Oral Cancer

Posted on 9/20/2016 by Tessa Smith-Greisch
A woman examining herself for oral cancer!Checking yourself regularly for oral cancer is arguably just as important for your oral health as routine dental checkups. By checking your oral cavity yourself between visits you can help to protect yourself from the harmful effects of undetected oral cancer.

What Am I Looking For?

When checking your mouth for oral cancer you should take care to examine the entire mouth thoroughly. This includes your lips and the entire inside of your mouth.

You should take care to check your gingivae (gums), your tongue (including under your tongue and along the sides) and also the entire surface area of the inside of your cheeks. During your examination you should also take care to inspect the roof of your mouth.

During your inspection of the oral cavity you are looking for red, white or peach patches; sores that bleed easily or that do not appear to be healing properly; any unexplained pain or tenderness; numbness; and a change in the way that your teeth fit together whenever you bite down. If you notice any of the above mentioned symptoms you should contact your dentist immediately for further examination.

Additionally, if you are experiencing issues while swallowing, chewing, speaking or when moving your jaw, you should contact your dental provider immediately.

Risk Factors of Oral Cancer

Oral cancer most commonly develops in those individuals who smoke tobacco products including cigarettes, cigars or pipes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also claim that drinking heavily also increases one's risk for developing oral cancer. That is for men an average of two drinks per day and an average of one drink per day for women.

Prolonged or repeated unprotected exposure to the sun can also cause oral cancer of the lips. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevent states that those individuals with some forms of the human papillomavirus are also at an increased risk for developing oral cancer.

Once you have oral cancer once you are more prone to getting it again. If you notice changes or anything suspicious during your oral cancer self-examinations, contact our office immediately.

The doctors of Madison Oral Surgery & Dental Implants would like to inform you of the enhanced safety protocol developed for our office in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Working with recommendations from the CDC, OSHA, American Dental Association, and local government, we have enhanced our already stringent protocols for hygiene and safety.

•  All patients and staff wear masks
•  All patients and guests are screened with a COVID-19 questionnaire and temperature check prior to admission to our clinic lobby. Hand hygiene is performed before entry.
•  All personnel have twice daily temperature checks
•  To allow for social distancing, we have reduced the number of patients and guests in the office at one time and spaced the seating in our lobby appropriately
•  Allow more time for disinfecting between patient encounters
•  Increased disinfection of frequently touched surfaces including counter tops, handles, lobby seating, and bathroom surfaces
•  New, single use pens to avoid germ sharing between patients and personnel
•  Procedural personnel wear N95/KN95 masks and face shields

Get in Touch!

(608) 960-7650


2921 Landmark Place, Suite 100
Madison, WI 53713

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