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Oral Cancer Exam Specialist

David Suh Dental

General Dentist & Implant Dentist located in Torrance, CA

More than 50,000 Americans are diagnosed with oral cancer each year. At David Suh Dental in Torrance, California, David Suh, DDS, and the experienced dental team offer thorough oral cancer exams. Finding oral cancer during the early stages improves the success of treatment and your survival rate. To schedule your oral cancer exam, call the office today.

Oral Cancer Exam Q&A

What is oral cancer?

Oral cancer includes any cancer that develops in your mouth or middle region of your throat. This includes cancer located on the:

  • Lips
  • Gums
  • Tongue
  • Palate
  • Floor of your mouth
  • Tonsils

Finding oral cancer during the early stages improves your chances of survival. Dr. Suh specializes in oral cancer screenings and performs them annually for his general dentistry patients. 

Am I a good candidate for an oral cancer exam?

Currently, there are no specific oral cancer screening guidelines for healthy people. However, you may be considered a good candidate for an oral cancer exam if you have such risk factors as:

  • Family history of oral cancer
  • Personal history of oral cancer
  • Tobacco use of any kind (cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco)
  • Excessive sun exposure (increased risk of lip cancer)
  • Heavy alcohol use

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a sexually transmitted disease that may also increase your risk of developing oral cancer.

What are the signs and symptoms of oral cancer?

In addition to risk factors, you should also schedule an oral cancer exam at David Suh Dental if you’re experiencing any signs or symptoms. Common oral cancer symptoms include:

  • Sore in the mouth that won’t go away
  • Red or white patches in your mouth
  • Development of a lump or rough spot
  • Pain, tenderness, or numbing on the lips or in the mouth
  • Difficulty chewing or speaking
  • Change in teeth alignment when your mouth is closed
  • Difficulty moving your tongue or jaw

A chronic sore throat or feeling as though you have something caught in your throat may also be signs of oral cancer, so you would benefit from a thorough screening. 

What can I expect during an oral cancer exam?

You can expect a thorough screening during your oral cancer exam at David Suh Dental. Before starting your exam, the team first reviews the details of the exam to ease any anxiety. 

During your oral cancer exam, Dr. Suh visually inspects your mouth, tongue, and lips. He then feels for lumps, bumps, or rough patches with his gloved hands. 

If Dr. Suh finds any abnormalities during your oral cancer exam, he may recommend a follow-up visit to reassess the abnormality or a biopsy of the tissue for further evaluation. 

An oral cancer exam is quick, noninvasive, and potentially life-saving. For comprehensive dental care from a compassionate team, contact David Suh Dental by phone today.