Oral Cancer Screening in Burnet, TX
Oral cancer is considered one the deadliest forms of cancer because it often goes undetected until its late stages. It has a low mortality rate if detected and treated early on, which is why your routine dental exams are so critical. With approximately 30,000 oral cancer cases being diagnosed every year, your dentist is the first line of defense against this serious condition.
Oral cancer can affect the tongue, lips, gums, cheek lining, floor and roof of the mouth, as well as the back of the throat.
If you discover any of the following possible signs, make sure to contact Burnet Dental Center:
- Sores that may bleed easily or do not heal
- Spots or lumps that are thick or hard
- Rough or crusted areas
- New or persisting pain, tenderness, or numbness
During your routine dental visits, Dr. Harris will ask if you have any trouble chewing, swallowing, speaking, or moving any part of your tongue or mouth. He routinely conducts oral cancer screenings as a component of every comprehensive dental exam or cleaning.