At North Coast Dental in Northfield, we prioritize your overall health, which is why we offer comprehensive oral cancer screening as part of our dental services. Early detection is crucial in combating any form of cancer, and oral cancer is no exception. Regular screenings serve as your frontline defense against this potentially life-threatening disease, and our dedicated doctor is here to guide you every step of the way.

During your screening, our experienced dentist meticulously examines your lips, tongue, gums, mouth, and throat for any signs of abnormalities that could indicate oral cancer or its precursors. We pay close attention to any symptoms you may be experiencing, as timely intervention is key to effective treatment. If you notice any oral cancer symptoms persisting for more than a week without improvement, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment and inform your dentist promptly.

Symptoms that warrant attention include ear pain, unexplained mouth bleeding, persistent mouth sores, white or red patches in the mouth, dramatic weight loss, lumps or swellings in or around the mouth, persistent sore throat, sensation of something lodged in the throat, and difficulty in swallowing, speaking, or moving your jaw or tongue.

It’s important to understand the risk factors associated with oral cancer. While anyone can develop this disease, certain factors can elevate your risk, including genetic predisposition, prolonged sun exposure, poor dietary habits, excessive alcohol consumption, being male, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and tobacco use in any form. Smokers are particularly vulnerable, with a six-fold increased risk of developing oral cancer compared to non-smokers.

The success of oral cancer treatment hinges on early detection, as cancers found in the early stages boast an 80 – 90% survival rate. Early detection enables less invasive treatment options and significantly improves your chances of a successful recovery. Conversely, advanced-stage cancers often necessitate more extensive and complex interventions, posing greater challenges to treatment.

North Coast Dental warmly welcomes new patients seeking oral cancer screening and comprehensive dental care. If you’re interested in learning more about oral cancer or scheduling a screening, don’t hesitate to contact our office for a consultation. Your health and well-being are our top priorities, and we’re here to support you every step of the way.

North Coast Dental
Phone: 847-998-5550
191 Waukegan Road, Suite 106A,
Northfield, IL 60093