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What do dentists look for during oral cancer screenings services?

Oral Cancer Screening Service in Boston MA Area

According to researchers, as many as 54,000 Americans will be diagnosed with cancer each year, and nearly 10,000 of those individuals will die as a result of their cancer. Oral cancer does not receive the same attention and outreach as other forms of cancer, but it is a serious health issue, and screenings should be part of your oral and overall health routines. Anjum A. Ansari, D.M.D. General & Cosmetic Dentistry offers comprehensive dental exams, including screening services for oral cancer, to patients in and around Boston, Massachusetts.

What is oral cancer?

Oral cancer, often called mouth cancer, develops in the tissues within your mouth. Oral cancer can be found in multiple tissue types, including your:

  • Lips
  • Tongue
  • Cheeks
  • Gums
  • The roof of the mouth
  • The floor of the mouth

Oral cancer is classified into the category of head and neck cancers. Like all forms of cancer, oral cancer involves abnormal cell replication and growth.

What are the signs of oral cancer?

Knowing what to look for can help you spot the symptoms of oral cancer as early as possible. Some of the changes you should keep an eye out for include:

  • Mouth or lip sore that won’t heal
  • Mouth pain
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Patches of white or reddish skin inside your mouth
  • Loose teeth
  • Abnormal growths or lumps within your mouth
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As with most forms of cancer, oral cancers often respond best to treatment when caught in the early stages. One of the things that make oral cancer so dangerous is the fact that you can’t perform a thorough self-examination of your own mouth.

It takes a dental professional equipped with special lights and tools to perform a thorough dental exam, including searching for minor tissue changes that can indicate oral cancer. Dr. Ansari has the skills and experience needed to screen for all types of oral cancers. If there are abnormal tissue changes, you’ll learn which steps to take for a biopsy or more in-depth diagnostic tools.

If you’re overdue for a professional dental exam and oral cancer screening and reside in or around Boston, Massachusetts, call Anjum A. Ansari, D.M.D. at (617) 581-0689 to schedule an appointment.

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Anjum A. Ansari, D.M.D.

Anjum A. Ansari, D.M.D. is a committed and skilled professional with over two decades of dentistry experience in general, cosmetic and restorative dentistry. She is dedicated to helping patients maintain a healthy life by practicing good dental hygiene and protecting their teeth. The latest technology, modern equipment and advance up to date techniques are used in her treatments to provide the most effective results for patients. Due to her expertise and skills, she holds membership in prestigious dental associations such as the American Dental Association and Massachusetts dental association. She prides herself on taking three times the required continuing dental education to hone her skills. Providing the best care in the most comfortable environment is paramount to everyone who works here.

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