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Oral Cancer Screening

Oral cancer screening is a procedure in which our dentist looks for signs of oral cancer. Anytime you visit Thiells Dentist - Michael Bleyzer, DDS for regular cleanings, we do a visual examination of your oral cavity to look for signs of this dangerous and sometimes deadly disease. During this visit, we carefully look at your lips, gums, cheeks, palate or roof of the mouth, and floor of the mouth for any suspicious spots.

What to Look for During an Oral Cancer Screening

The mouth is porous, and its surface is irregular. A person who is not trained to identify signs of oral cancer may miss some apparent symptoms. This is why it’s important to keep your regular cleaning appointments. Some of the most common signs of oral cancer are:
•  Sores that do not heal within two weeks
•  Red, white, or other color spots that do not heal
•  Persistent pain in the mouth
•  Hoarse voice
•  A persistent sore throat
•  Difficulty swallowing or chewing
•  Loose teeth
•  White or red spots in the gums, cheeks, tongue or tonsils
•  Numbness anywhere in the mouth
•  Pain in your tongue
•  Trouble moving your tongue
•  Pain when biting down
•  Changes in the way your dentures fit
•  Persistent bad breath
•  Weight loss

Risks for Oral Cancer

Some people are at a higher risk for oral cancer than others. In many cases, the chances increase due to habits while other times they are higher because of different reasons. Risks of oral cancer include:
•  Smoking tobacco products of any kind, this also includes chewing or sniffing tobacco
•  Heavy alcohol drinking
•  Excessive sun exposure in people who work outdoors
•  Previous diagnosis of oral cancer

When you come in for your first appointment with our dentist, we ask you detailed questions about your general health and habits, including smoking or drinking. If we believe you are at a higher risk of oral cancer, we will suggest a more thorough screening during your routine dental exams.

How is Oral Cancer Screening Done?

Even though we look for signs of the disease each time you come in for an exam, there are several steps to conducting a detailed oral cancer screening in patients who are at a higher risk. We will examine:
•  The floor of the mouth and lining of the inside of the cheeks
•  The tongue
•  The tonsils
•  The palate or roof of the mouth
•  All the hard and soft tissue

We can also ask you if you have pain anywhere in your mouth or changes in your bite. An oral cancer screening can also include an extraoral examination of the neck, nose, eyes, and ears. If we find anything that looks suspicious, we will order additional tests, including a biopsy to analyze tissue and determine whether there is cancer or not.

Conducting regular oral cancer screenings for all patients is one of the most important things we do at Thiells Dentist - Michael Bleyzer, DDS. If you have concerns that you may have the disease, please contact us at (845) 429-8060 as soon as possible. As with any other cancer, the sooner we diagnose and treat this severe disease, the better chances you will have of a successful outcome.
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Theills Dentist - Michael Bleyzer, DDS

(845) 429-8060
14 Thiells Mt Ivy Rd
Pomona, NY 10970-3038
Right off of Exit 13 Palisades Parkway


Mon: 10am–7pm
Tues: 10am–6pm
Wed: 8am–5pm
Thurs: 10am–6pm
Saturday: 9am–3pm
Additional hours may be available by appointment

Serving entire Rockland County New York: Pomona, Suffern, Valley Cottage, New City, Congers, North Rockland Towns of Thiells, Stony Point, Garnerville, Haverstraw and West Haverstraw, and Tomkins Cove.

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