Protect Your Oral Health From Mouth Cancer At Brookside Dental In Portland
Oral cancer is a life threatening disease that can pose a serious risk to patients, especially if the disease goes undetected and undiagnosed. Each year around 30,000 patients are diagnosed with oral cancer. Within five years, statistically half of those patients will succumb to the disease. When it comes to oral cancer, no diagnosis can be too soon, and the earlier your treatment begins, the better your chances are at recovery. Our team at Brookside Dental in Clackamas and Gresham cares deeply about each one of our patients. We want each of our patients to enjoy long-lasting oral health and overall wellness. If you experience any of the following signs, please come into one of our Portland offices today.
Signs and Symptoms of Oral Cancer
- Slow healing mouth sores
- Dental appliances not fitting properly anymore
- Mouth pain around the tongue or jaw
- A white or reddish patch of skin in the mouth
- Difficulty swallowing or chewing your food
- The feeling that something is caught in your throat
- Loose teeth
- Lumps in your mouth lining
- A persistent sore throat that can’t be explained by any other reason
If you experience any of these symptoms, it does not necessarily mean that you have oral cancer, but to be safe, we would recommend that you come in for a screening. Even if you aren’t experiencing symptoms, to protect our patients from oral cancer, we recommend that patients participate in an annual oral cancer screening.
Oral Cancer Screenings With ViziLite Technology
We use the latest ViziLite technology to detect and diagnose precancerous and cancerous cells. ViziLite technology is used specifically to detect mouth cancer and can give patients fast and highly accurate results. Patients love our ViziLite technology because it’s fast, safe, and easy to use. ViziLite uses an oral rinse and a special light that can help detect abnormalities. After a ViziLite procedure you will feel secure and safe, and will be more confident about your oral health.
To find out more about ViziLite or to schedule an oral cancer screening, call us at either of our Portland area offices in Gresham or Clackamas today.