The American Cancer Society reports more than 30,000 people are diagnosed with oral or oropharyngeal cancer each year.
Almost 10,000 people die each year due to the disease. If oral cancer detection occurs in the early stages, the survival rate is 80-90%.
Unfortunately, the detection of most oral cancers happen in the late stages, so the death rate is high at 45% within five years of diagnosis. Consistent annual appointments are crucial to spotting the signs early.
Many factors increase your oral cancer risks:
- Tobacco use, including cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chewing tobacco, and snuff
- Heavy alcohol use
- Excessive sun exposure to your lips
- Exposure to human papillomavirus (HPV)
- A weakened immune system
We Know the Signs
The dentist at Silver Forest Dental can diagnose oral cancer with an annual oral cancer exam and treat it when caught in the earliest stages.
Oral Cancer Exams
An oral cancer examination is a completely painless process.
Our St. Augustine dentist performs a visual exam looking for abnormalities and feel the face, neck, and glands for unusual bumps during routine cleaning and check-up. They may also use a laser to examine below the surface for lesions or signs of the disease.
Red Patches and Sores
We look for red, white, or pink patches on the floor of the mouth or the front or sides of the tongue that fail to heal. We also look for sores that bleed easily. These symptoms can be indicative of cancerous (pathologic) changes.
These lesions appear as raised, white or gray areas inside the mouth. We treat these lesions as they may be cancerous or become cancerous.
Another sign we look for is the general thickening of tissue, soreness, or lumps in the throat or mouth.
If you experience any of these symptoms, call us immediately for an examination.
- A lip or mouth sore that doesn't heal
- A white or red patch on the inside of your mouth
- Loose teeth
- A growth or lump inside your mouth
- Consistent mouth or ear pain
- Difficult or painful swallowing
Diagnosis and Treatment of Oral Cancer: If any of these signs are present, the dentist at Silver Forest Dental creates a treatment plan. We may decide to perform a biopsy of the area. A biopsy requires the extraction of affected tissue which a lab tests and diagnoses. We either cut a small sample from the area or remove the entire abnormality.
Most people receive a clean bill of health with negative results. However, if the result is positive, take comfort in knowing that your healthcare is in excellent hands. We will be here for you every step of the way.
No matter the diagnosis, you are in good hands
with our staff and doctors here at Silver Forest Dental.
Flexible Payment Options For High-Quality Dental Care in St. Augustine
For your convenience, Silver Forest Dental accepts:
- A wide range of PPO dental insurance plans - click here to see which insurances we accept
- Cash and check
- All major credit cards, including MasterCard, VISA, Discover, and more
We do NOT accept HMO or Medicaid plans.
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Silver Forest Dental
Silver Forest Dental can meet a wide range of dental needs from family dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, implants, Invisalign®, orthodontic services, oral surgery, and endodontic services. Patient comfort and care are our top priority, and we go to great lengths to provide a pleasant environment for you.
We accept a wide range of PPO dental insurance plans, cash, check and all major credit cards. We also offer a low-cost in-house discount plan to save you money on your dental care!
Our office is located in the SilverLeaf Commons on Silver Forest Drive, next to Allstate and Anytime Fitness.
Silver Forest Dental serves SilverLeaf, Silver Landing, Mill Creek, World Golf Village, Shearwater, Stillwater And More!
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