Oral Cancer Screening
in Bentonville, AR

Our Bentonville dentist recommends that each patient be examined for oral cancer regularly. When undiagnosed and left untreated, oral cancer can be life-threatening. An oral cancer screening can detect oral cancer in the earliest stages before it causes harm to your oral and overall health. Contact our office to schedule an oral cancer screening today.

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What happens during an oral cancer screening?

An oral cancer screening is used to detect cancerous conditions in the oral cavity. During your oral cancer screening, our Main Street Dental team will talk with you about the history of your health and examine your mouth, lips, teeth, and throat for any abnormalities. An oral cancer screening is often both visual and physical, where one of our team members will place their fingers along your neck and throat to search for lumps.

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What are the warning signs of oral cancer?

Oral cancer includes cancer of the lips, tongue, cheeks, throat, and other areas relating to the oral cavity. Mouth cancer can show up in many signs and may be hard to detect on your own. However, if you notice any of the following warning signs of oral cancer, we encourage you to schedule a screening with an oral cancer dentist near you as soon as possible.

  • Red or white oral patches
  • Tenderness, numbness, or pain in the mouth or lips
  • Difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking
  • Persistent sore throat
  • Unexplained bleeding in the mouth

How do you prevent oral cancer?

Some habits like smoking, heavy alcohol use, and long sun exposure increase your risk of oral cancer. Even without participating in habits that increase your chance of oral cancer, there is still a risk of developing it. The American Cancer Society recommends an oral cancer screening annually to catch and treat oral cancer as early as possible. If you’re due for an oral cancer screening in Bentonville, we’d be happy to see you.

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