Oral Cancer Screeningin Sudbury, MA

Early Detection For A Longer, Healthier Life

Early detection can make a huge difference when it comes to cancer. Oral cancer is often easy to miss until the later stages, so if it’s been a while since your last oral cancer screening, it may be time to visit Boston Post Dental & Implants. Our expert dentist, Dr. Ye is proud to serve Massachusetts patients from Sudbury and its surrounding areas, including Wayland, Maynard, and Hudson.   

What Is Oral Cancer?

Oral or oropharyngeal cancer refers to cancers found in the tissues and structures of the oral cavity including:

  • Lips
  • Tongue
  • Floor of the mouth
  • Cheeks
  • Throat (pharynx)
  • Sinuses
  • Hard and soft palate 

Common symptoms of oral cancer include:

  • Persistent sore throat
  • Constantly feeling like something is caught in the back of the throat
  • Unexplained bleeding in the mouth
  • Bleeding sores on the face, neck, or mouth that don’t heal within two weeks
  • Unexplained numbness in the face, neck, or mouth
  • Ear pain
  • Lumps, bumps, or rough spots on the gums, lips, or other parts of the mouth
  • Red, white, or speckled red and white patches in the mouth
  • Difficulty chewing, speaking, or swallowing
  • Changes in your bite or the way your dentures fit together

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, Dr. Ye encourages you to call our Sudbury office, by dialing (978) 443-3111 and schedule an oral cancer screening.

What Is Oral Cancer Screening?

Oral cancer screening refers to techniques used to identify possible early signs of cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, early detection of oral cancer drastically increases the five year relative survival rate, which refers to the amount of people who have survived a disease five years after an initial diagnosis. If we see potential signs of oral cancer, we’ll perform further tests to make certain and discuss effective treatment options for your condition, including referring you to a specialist. 

Your dentist, Dr. Ye, and the rest of the team at Boston Post Dental & Implants will provide an oral cancer screening during every routine dental exam to help protect you against oral cancer and maintain your oral and overall health. Some of the methods your dentist may use for our oral cancer screenings include the following:

Visual/Tactile Exams – Your dentist will use their hands, as well as tools such as flashlights and microscopes to examine your mouth, face, and throat. Dr. Ye will make note of any visual and tactile signs such as bumps, lesions, rough patches, etc.

X-Rays – X-Rays can help your dentist detect potential signs of cancer beneath the skin. X-Rays are especially helpful in determining if cancer has spread to other parts of the body such as the lungs.

Dye & Light – Dye used in combination with a specially designed light can help your dentist identify potentially cancerous tissues. Your dentist will use the dye to paint the inside of your mouth and the dye will adhere to tissues that contain potentially abnormal cells. Under the light, these potentially abnormal cells will appear a different color than the regular tissues.

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