• Oral Cancer Screening

  • Every dental examination includes an oral cancer screening. Dentists have been specially trained to identify irregularities that may need to be inspected more closely.

    After 10 years of seeing patients from all over Torrance, Palos Verdes Peninsula, Redondo Beach, Rancho Palos Verdes, Harbor City, and surrounding areas, Miller Family Dental has the experience and know-how to recognize abnormalities that may need more attention.

    What is involved in an oral cancer screening?

    The screening is quick, but thorough, and painless. It involves an examination of the following areas:

    • Back of your throat
    • Tongue
    • Floor of your mouth
    • Roof of your mouth
    • Face
    • Jaw
    • Neck
    • Lips

    If the dentist finds something unusual you may be refereed to another office for further testing or re-examined later to see if there have been any changes.

    When should I get a screening for oral cancer?

    It is important to have cancer screenings done regularly to catch any abnormalities early. Depending on the personalized oral care regime you and your dentist have established, you may need to have a more in depth, but still painless, screening.

    Miller Family Dental works with the top medical professionals in Torrance, CA to make sure you get the best service possible. If need be, we will get you in touch with the right office to look further into any issues that may need to be looked into further.

  • Signs and Symptoms

    Things to look for at home

     
    • Sore that doesn't heal in 2-3 weeks
    • Red, white or blue patch
    • Lump or thickening in cheek
    • Numbness in mouth that didn't used to be there
    • Swelling that causes dentures to fit poorly (not to be confused with a denture sore)

    These symptoms could be caused by problems which are less serious but should be checked to rule out oral cancer.

    Risk Factors

     
    • Alcohol and tobacco use
    • Human Papilloma Virus
    • Unknown (5%) -- Genetics suspected
     

    Historically, nearly 75% of oral cancer was related to alcohol and tobacco use and was found in the 50+ age group. Recently, Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) has started to change the trend. Younger, non-smokers are the fastest growing group of oral cancer patients. This means that people ages 20 and up are at risk even if they don't smoke.

    Oral Cancer Screening

     
    • Check face for assymetry, swelling, discoloration, ulceration
    • Palpate lymphatic chains
    • Evaluate lips (inside and out)
    • Evaluate cheeks (inside and out)
    • Evaluate tongue (both sides, and underneath)
    • Evaluate floor of mouth
    • Evaluate soft palate
    • Check tonsils