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Oral Cancer Screenings in Bowling Green, KY

At Cox Family Dentistry we understand the vital role that early detection plays in the successful treatment of oral cancer. Our dedicated team is committed to offering comprehensive oral cancer screenings as a part of our wide range of family dentistry services. We believe in equipping our patients with the knowledge and care they need to maintain not just a beautiful smile, but also a healthy one.

Understanding Oral Cancer Screenings

An oral cancer screening is an examination conducted by a dentist to look for signs of cancer or precancerous conditions in your mouth. The goal is to identify mouth cancer early, when there is a higher chance for a cure. At Cox Family Dentistry, oral cancer screenings are a routine part of your dental examination. We believe in proactive care, ensuring that any signs of oral cancer are identified and addressed promptly.

man at cox family dentistry getting an oral cancer screening

Who Needs Oral Cancer Screenings?

Oral cancer screenings are essential for everyone. With our family-oriented approach, we encourage all individuals, irrespective of age, to undergo regular screenings. These exams are particularly crucial for those who engage in high-risk behaviors such as tobacco use or heavy alcohol consumption, both of which significantly increase the risk of oral cancer.

How Often Should You Schedule An Oral Cancer Screening?

The frequency of oral cancer screenings is tailored to each individual’s unique health profile and risk factors. Generally, it’s recommended that adults undergo an oral cancer screening as part of their regular dental check-ups, which typically occur twice a year. However, for those with higher risk factors, such as tobacco and heavy alcohol users, or those with a history of oral cancer, more frequent screenings may be advised.

Risk Factors of Oral Cancer

The most significant risk factor include: 

  • Tobacco Use: Includes cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chewing tobacco, and snuff.
  • Excessive Alcohol Consumption: Especially when combined with tobacco use.
  • Sun Exposure: Excessive exposure to the sun, particularly on the lips.
  • HPV Infection: Infection with certain types of human papillomavirus (HPV).
  • Age Factor: Higher risk in individuals over the age of 40.
  • Gender: Historically, men are more likely to develop oral cancer.
  • Dietary Choices: A diet low in fruits and vegetables may increase the risk.
  • Family History: A family history of cancer can increase risk.
  • Previous Oral Cancer Diagnosis: Individuals who have had oral cancer are at increased risk of developing it again.

During your visit, we discuss these factors in-depth, offering advice and support to help mitigate these risks.

Signs and Symptoms of Oral Cancer

Early detection of oral cancer signs can be life-saving. Symptoms may include:

  • Sores that Don’t Heal: Persistent sores in the mouth that do not heal within two weeks.
  • Lumps or Thick Patches: Any lump, thickening, or rough spot inside the mouth or on the lips.
  • White or Red Patches: Unexplained white or red patches on the gums, tongue, tonsil, or lining of the mouth.
  • Persistent Sore Throat: A feeling that something is caught in the throat or a persistent sore throat.
  • Difficulty in Swallowing or Chewing: Challenges or discomfort when swallowing, chewing, or moving the jaw and tongue.
  • Numbness or Pain: Numbness, pain, or tenderness in the mouth, face, or neck without any obvious cause.
  • Change in Voice: Unusual changes in voice or a persistent hoarseness.
  • Unexpected Weight Loss: Significant weight loss that is unexplained.
  • Ear Pain: Persistent ear pain without loss of hearing.

If you notice any of these symptoms, we urge you to schedule an oral cancer exam at our Bowling Green office promptly.

The Oral Cancer Screening Process

At Cox Family Dentistry, an oral cancer screening is a thorough yet non-invasive process. Dr. Cox and our team conduct a visual inspection of your mouth and palpate the gums and other soft tissues to detect any anomalies. We utilize state-of-the-art technology to ensure a comprehensive oral cancer exam, which aids in the early diagnosis and treatment of mouth cancer.

Early Detection for a Healthier Tomorrow: Get Screened Now

Oral cancer screenings are a vital part of maintaining overall health. At Cox Family Dentistry in Bowling Green, KY, we are committed to providing thorough and compassionate care, including advanced oral cancer exams. Our goal is to ensure early detection and effective oral cancer treatment. We invite you to reach out and schedule your next oral cancer screening with us, whether it’s for peace of mind or due to specific concerns. With our patient-centric approach, state-of-the-art facilities, and the experienced guidance of Dr. Kevin Cox, you can be assured of receiving the best possible care. Remember, early detection is key in the fight against oral cancer.