Oral Pathology

Mouth being examined for oral cancerCancer Screenings

If there’s one thing Dr. Bell wants his patients to know about oral cancer, it’s that the disease can even be found in extremely healthy people. However, there are many different risk factors that may increase your susceptibility to the condition, such as:

  • Sun Exposure
  • Genetics
  • Specific Types of Viruses (i.e. HPV)
  • Alcohol or Tobacco Use

Why Oral Cancer is So Deadly

Oral cancer is a silent but very deadly disease. It often creeps up on people without them ever knowing that they have it. By the time someone finds it by himself or herself, it is often too late. Early intervention is key to successful treatment!

Dentist and assistant screening dental patient for oral cancerDuring your oral cancer screening, Dr. Bell will examine your facial and oral tissues for signs of sores that have not healed properly, tissues that look different than the surrounding ones, and areas of white, red, or patchy tissues that appear precancerous. If abnormal tissues are noted, he may recommend a biopsy.

When is the last time you had an oral cancer screening? If you don’t know or it’s been longer than a year, it’s time to call Dr. Bell today for the peace of mind your family deserves.

Are you suffering excessive pain from a decaying tooth? You may need a dental extraction.