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Why you should visit a dentist who offers oral cancer screenings

At Gonzalez Dental Care, our professionals provide Pembroke Pines, Florida area patients with a wide selection of services. Additionally, Dr. Gonzalez offers routine oral cancer screenings during each recall visit for a cleaning and evaluation.

Oral cancer is a serious problem, and can be a life-threatening condition if not diagnosed and treated in the earliest phases. Because it is often simple to spot during an oral examination, we strongly advise patients to let their dentist provide this screening. With early detection and treatment, many patients can overcome this cancer with the help of their dental provider.

Why are oral cancer screenings important?

While many patients think of visible spots on the skin and visit a dermatologist for a skin cancer screening, the same goes with oral cancer. Oral cancer is often visible, making it easy to spot and treat in the early stages. Oral cancer may form anywhere in the mouth and throat, and may present itself as a sore or growth. It may go for quite some time before it becomes painful or brings itself to a patient’s attention. This is why having an oral cancer screening completed during physical evaluations at the dentist is so vital to one’s oral health. Many signs of oral cancer can be addressed before they become a bigger problem and spread.

What is done if a suspicious area is found?

Any sores, wounds, or growth in the mouth may be evaluated by our team. If there is concern that a spot is cancerous, a biopsy is taken. The dentist will remove a small sample of the area and send it to a laboratory for further evaluation to check for cancerous cells. If a biopsy comes back as positive with oral cancer, patients may then work with their dentist and oncologist to discuss possible treatment options.

Request a screening today!

At Gonzalez Dental Care of Pembroke Pines, FL, we are dedicated to helping patients achieve healthy smiles, while ensuring early detection of problems such as oral cancer. Dr. Gonzalez and her experienced associates believe in providing screenings during each routine visit. Contact her facility by calling (954) 432-4800 to request an appointment at the office, conveniently located at 9818 Pines Boulevard.