Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Oral Cancer Screenings

Oral Cancer Screenings at Bram Dental

An estimated 30,000 people are diagnosed with oral cancer in the United States each year, according to the National Cancer Institute. At Bram Dental, Drs. Mark and Lea Bram use their dental expertise to provide oral cancer screenings to their patients.

Oral cancer is cancer that can involve the lips, tongue, gums, teeth, cheek linings, and part of your mouth under your tongue. Oral cancers cause cells in the mouth to grow at an uncontrolled rate. This can cause a person to develop tumors that can then spread to other parts of the body.

The dentists will use a special technique to examine the structures of the mouth. In some instances, this can allow them to view areas of different tissues that could indicate oral cancer.

Some symptoms/indications of oral cancer include:
• White patches in the mouth
• Red patches
• A sore on your lip or mouth that won’t heal
• Teeth that feel loose
• Bleeding or soreness in the mouth
• A unexplained lump in the neck
• Numbness of the lower lip

Please call Dr. Bram to schedule your oral cancer screening.

Are You at Risk for Oral Cancer?

Patients who may be at risk for oral cancers include those who use tobacco products, such as cigarettes, cigars, or smokeless tobacco. People who abuse tobacco and are heavy drinkers are at an especially increased risk for oral cancers. Other risk factors include sun exposure, prior exposure to HPV, a past history of oral cancers, and those who do not eat enough fruits and vegetables, according to the American Cancer Society.

For more information on oral cancer screenings at Bram Dental, please call the dentists office at (516) 962-5010. www.bramdental.com