At Dr. Bruce E. Carter’s Lawrenceville dental practice we always examine your mouth for abnormalities and early signs of oral cancer. Did you know that one American dies every hour from oral cancer? Only half of patients diagnosed with oral cancer survive more than five years. During your regular dental checkup we will examine your entire mouth and search for flat, painless, white or red spots or small sores. Other signs of oral cancer include:
Although most oral cancers are found in people who use tobacco and/or drink alcohol excessively, twenty-five percent of oral cancers occur in people who have no risk factors. At Dr. Carter’s Lawrenceville general dentistry practice, we use a brush or scalpel biopsy to test for oral cancer. A brush biopsy is performed on potentially problematic areas that look harmless or cannot be attributed to particular causes. This test can detect dangerous cells in the early stages of the disease. If the area being tested fits one or more signs of oral cancer, then a scalpel biopsy, which requires local anesthesia, is usually performed.
We always screen for oral cancer at your regular checkup. The earlier a problem is identified, the sooner we can treat it. If you notice any unusual changes in your mouth between dental visits, call Dr. Carter immediately. Our Lawrenceville, GA general dentistry office serves Gwinnett County, Atlanta, Duluth, Suwanee, and all surrounding communities.