North River Dental Care

Oral Cancer Screenings

Oral Cancer Screening in Fredericksburg, VA

person undergoing an oral cancer screening

An oral cancer screening is a simple preventive measure to help keep your oral health on track. Our North River Dental Care team encourages patients to schedule an oral cancer screening if they suspect an oral abnormality, are at risk of oral cancer, or are due for a routine oral cancer screening. If you're looking to schedule a Fredericksburg oral cancer screening, please contact our office!

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What is an oral cancer screening?

An oral cancer screening is a visual and physical evaluation of your mouth, teeth, gums, and jaw. We look and gently feel for abnormal oral signs at North River Dental Care. If there is a finding or other oral concern, our team may recommend a screening test to understand further what has developed and is impacting your oral health.

When should I get an oral cancer screening?

When oral cancer is found early, there may be better treatment outcomes. Oral cancer can go undetected for a while as it's slow-growing and has five stages, which is why oral cancer screenings are encouraged routinely or when experiencing oral abnormalities. Not all signs are noticeable, but you should schedule an oral cancer screening near you if you're experiencing any of the following:

  • Consistent Throat or Mouth Pain
  • Red or White Patches in the Mouth
  • Swollen Jaw or Mouth
  • Persistent Mouth Sores
  • Difficulty Swallowing or Moving Tongue

How often should I get an oral cancer screening?

An oral cancer screening is the best way to catch and treat oral cancer symptoms before they worsen. Every time you visit North River Dental Care, our team checks for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, and oral cancer! There is no set oral cancer screening age as oral cancer can develop at any time. However, the Oral Cancer Foundation highly suggests annual screenings begin around 18. Regardless of when your suggested screening time is, if you have an oral health concern, give our office a call to schedule a visit!

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