Oral Cancer Screening – Tukwila, WA

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  • Oral cancer is a silent killer, a disease that many people never realize they have until it is in an advanced stage. Although oral cancer has always been linked with risk factors like alcohol and tobacco use, it is also associated with things like sun exposure and HPV, meaning that nearly anyone could develop this disease. That’s why we provide oral cancer screenings for Tukwila, WA dentistry patients druing dental checkups.

    Why Choose South Seattle Smiles for Oral Cancer Screenings?

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    Early Detection is Key to Disease Prevention and Treatment

    Every dental checkup also includes an oral cancer screening performed by Dr. Timmerman. During this exam, he screens for abnormal and precancerous tissues so that patients can have early treatment. The earlier the treatment, the more effective it is likely to be. Dr. Timmerman thoroughly inspects the oral tissues to find any areas that appear abnormal or unlike the tissues surrounding them.

    A Silent and Deadly Disease

    Oral cancer typically manifests as:
    Should Dr. Timmerman identify any abnormal tissues, he’ll typically recommend a follow-up in 2 weeks to reassess the area for any changes. If abnormal findings are still present, he may conduct a biopsy that is sent to one of our labs for further inspection.
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    What Causes Oral Cancer?

    Although oral cancer is closely related to gum disease and can appear for unknown reasons in otherwise healthy individuals, some of the most common links to its development include these risk factors:
    Have you noticed any irritation or an irregular area on the tissues inside of your mouth? Please don’t wait until it’s too late. Call our Seattle dental office for a comprehensive exam and oral cancer screening to put your mind at ease. Dr. Timmerman provides oral cancer screenings as a part of every new and existing patient exam – because he feels that it’s one of the most important preventive services that we can offer when it comes to the lives of our patients.

    Oral Cancer Screening FAQs

    Find answers to the most common inquiries about this crucial procedure. Explore important information and gain insights into the process of oral cancer detection.
    Oral cancer screening is a preventive measure that involves the examination of the mouth, throat, and surrounding tissues to detect early signs of oral cancer.
    Oral cancer screening is recommended for adults, especially those who have a history of tobacco or alcohol use, have a family history of oral cancer, or have noticed any unusual changes in their oral tissues.
    During an oral cancer screening, a healthcare professional will visually inspect your mouth, gums, tongue, and throat. They may also use additional tools such as a special light or dye to aid in the examination.
    No, oral cancer screening is typically painless. It is a non-invasive examination that does not involve any discomfort for the patient.
    An oral cancer screening usually takes only a few minutes to complete. It is a quick and straightforward process that can be performed during a routine dental check-up.
    Oral cancer screening can detect many types of oral cancer, but it may not identify every single case. Some small or early-stage cancers may not be visible during the examination.
    There are no significant risks associated with oral cancer screening. However, if any suspicious areas are found, further tests or a biopsy may be recommended to confirm the diagnosis.
    The frequency of oral cancer screening depends on individual risk factors. Generally, it is recommended to have an oral cancer screening annually or as advised by your healthcare provider.
    Oral cancer screening helps in the early detection of oral cancer, which can lead to timely treatment and better outcomes. However, it is not a guarantee of preventing oral cancer altogether.
    Signs and symptoms of oral cancer may include persistent mouth sores, white or red patches, difficulty swallowing or chewing, a persistent sore throat, unexplained bleeding, or a lump in the mouth or neck. If you experience any of these, it’s important to get them checked by a healthcare professional.

    Remember, if you have any concerns or suspect
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