Oral cancer is seldom fatal if it is detected and treated early. This emphasizes the importance of regular visits to your Sacramento dentist for routine maintenance of your dental health and examinations for oral cancer or benign cysts. If you notice any of the following symptoms anywhere in your mouth, schedule an appointment with the Sacramento Dentistry Group immediately:
While other problems may cause some of the above symptoms, they are all indicators of a serious oral health issue and should be dealt with immediately. While regular smoking and alcohol use contribute to oral cancer, one in four patients have no history of using these substances. Patients over the age of forty are especially susceptible to oral cancer and should be particularly vigilant for early signs of disease.
The first step is to determine if the lesion is actually cancerous. This can be done with an initial brush biopsy or a full biopsy. The brush biopsy, or brush test, is less invasive, simply involving collecting some cells from the area for analysis. A positive identification requires a tissue biopsy. Treatment varies based on the diagnosis, but our Sacramento dentists work along with your medical doctor, forming a plan of attack to defeat the disease as safely and efficiently as possible.