Oral Cancer Screenings | Grand Rapids, MI
If you notice mouth ulcers or red and white patches along the gums, you’ll need to schedule an appointment with our Grand Rapids dentist.
Other symptoms of oral cancer include swelling that lasts for three weeks or lumps along the lining of your mouth. The early signs of mouth cancer shouldn’t be ignored so schedule your appointment today.
Candidates for Oral Cancer Screenings
Everyone receives oral cancer screenings during dental exams. However, if you have a family history of oral cancer or other risk factors such as being a smoker or drinker, you’ll need to have a discussion with our Grand Rapids dentist. We will make sure you receive regular cancer screenings so mouth cancer is found and treated as soon as possible.
How Oral Cancer Screenings Work
With modern dental technology, we are able to catch oral cancer in its early stages so you have the best chance for recovery. During your preventative care appointment, our Grand Rapids family dentist will use our advanced dental technology to find mouth lesions or tumors. Finding oral cancer during its early stages significantly improves your survival rate.
Early detection is one of the most important factors in oral cancer. One effective procedure that our Grand Rapids dentists use to detect oral cancer is Brush Biopsy. Brush biopsies is a painless treatment that enables the dentist to accurately evaluate a harmless looking lesion. Once the biopsy has been complete, it is sent to a pathologist. After analyzing the biopsy, the pathologist will normally provide results to the dentist within a week.
Donald VanderLinde DDS and Alexandra Dodds DDS both provide preventative dental care services to help patients maintain good oral health. If you are interested in learning more about oral cancer screenings, give our family dentists a call at (616) 245-3205.