Oral Cancer Screenings in Coronado
Oral Cancer Screenings | Isabella Avenue Dentistry
Oral cancer is one of the most deadly forms of cancer. Oral cancer has a five-year survival rate of just 57%, compared to a nearly 93% survival rate for breast cancer.
This is primarily because it is very hard to detect oral cancer without regular preventative oral health screenings. The early signs and symptoms of oral cancer are often not detectable, so it’s not diagnosed until it reaches Stage III or IV, and metastasizes throughout the body.
For this reason, regular San Diego oral cancer screenings from Dr. Leslie Strommer at Isabella Avenue Dentistry are absolutely essential. If you undergo regular screenings, Dr. Strommer can detect potential cases of oral cancer before the disease progresses.
How Often Should I Be Screened For Oral Cancer?
The ADA recommends yearly oral cancer screenings for all dental patients. Oral cancer screenings can usually be conducted as part of a regular teeth cleaning and oral exam, so they should be part of your normal dental care routine.
If you are a smoker or conform to other known risk factors, you may need to be examined more frequently.
What Are The Signs Of Oral Cancer?
There are several signs and symptoms of oral cancer that you should be on the lookout for.
- Sore/irritated oral tissue
- Discoloration on patches of tissue
- Lumps and other abnormalities in the mouth
- Abnormal texture/appearance of oral tissue
- Pain in the ear, mouth, or face
- Swelling or the feeling of a “lump” in your throat
During your oral exam, Dr. Strommer will look for all of these signs of oral cancer, and identify potential abnormalities. If there is cause for concern, Dr. Strommer will refer you to an experienced oncologist for an official diagnosis.
How Does An Oral Cancer Screening Work?
Oral cancer screenings are performed as part of your regular dental check-ups. Dr. Strommer will take a look at your mouth, and check for any abnormalities that may indicate the presence of cancer or precancerous cells.
The procedure is non-invasive. Dr. Strommer will simply examine your mouth, and may need to palpate or touch areas to determine if there is any pain or irritation present. A comprehensive screening only takes about 5 minutes.
What Are The Risk Factors For Developing Oral Cancer?
Anyone can develop oral cancer. However, there are some factors that can dramatically increase your risk. These include:
- Tobacco use (including pipes, cigars, cigarettes, chewing tobacco, smokeless tobacco)
- Heavy alcohol use
- Poor levels of oral hygiene
- A weakened immune system
- High levels of sun exposure from tanning or outdoor work
- HPV infection
In addition, oral cancer diagnoses are much more common after the age of 40. If you are over the age of 40 and conform to any of these risk factors, schedule an oral cancer exam with Isabella Avenue Dentistry today.
Get Screened – And Make Sure You’re Cancer-Free!
If you need an oral cancer screening on Coronado Island, Isabella Avenue Dentistry is a great choice. At our modern, well-maintained dental practice, Dr. Leslie Strommer can perform oral cancer screenings that will help identify abnormalities, and ensure that any potential cases of oral cancer are recognized quickly.
Learn more about our approach to dentistry from our patient testimonials, and schedule an appointment by phone at (619) 435-0147, or come to our office at 1012 Isabella Ave, Coronado, CA 92118.
Patients Have To Say
“From beginning to the end of our appointments the experience was phenomenal. The first thing I noticed was their customer service, their friendliness and the way they truly cared about us."
“I have been going to Dr. Scott and Dr. Leslie since 2002. I consider them the best in San Diego. They really care about you as a person and a patient."
“They've always been awesome! I've been with Dr. Scott and Leslie for over 20 years! I would absolutely recommend them to anyone. I love getting my teeth cleaned."
“Dr. Leslie Strommer is the best of the best: friendly, caring, professional, knowledgeable, technically savvy, and excellent general and cosmetic dentist."
“Hands down best dentist in San Diego! They take excellent care of my family - we wouldn't go anywhere else."
“Dr. Scott and Leslie lead a fantastic team of people. I say people instead of their professions because everyone there is very personable and go out of their way to get to know you, the patient."
“Best Dentist in So Cal, hands down. Don't go anywhere else. Everyone is very friendly and professional and they have dramatically improved the health of my mouth."
“Great first experience at Isabella Ave Dentistry. From the time I made the appointment all the way through the cleaning and the exam, I thoroughly enjoyed my interactions with Dr. Leslie and the team. Friendly at the front desk upon check-in, a high quality and comfortable cleaning from Sarah, and a super informative and helpful exam from Dr. Definitely felt like they cared not only about my teeth, but about my health and overall well-being as well. I'll be back in 6 months and will recommend to anyone. Thanks!"
“Dr. Leslie and her team are outstanding! They make you feel right at home and part of their family from the moment you walk in the door. I have had a wonderful experience every time that I have been and would highly recommend Isabella Avenue Dentistry to anyone looking for a new dentist!"