Oral cancer is nothing to joke about. It has become more common each year, and because of this, the dentists in Woburn, at Drs. Coakley & Trainor, want to give you an idea of how we can spot oral cancer at its beginning stages during your dental appointment.
When you come into see our dentist, we’re always secretly looking for signs of oral cancer. Not only are we professionally trained to have the eye that catches the first glimpses of oral cancer, but we’re training to see those signs that many people don’t realize are there. In fact, scheduling a dentist appointment every six months for a cleaning is your first line of defense against the disease. Doing this will not only help your teeth and gums stay less prone to oral cancer, but if you are someone who gets diagnosed with the disease, we’ll hopefully be able to catch it early. However, it is important to state that not every patient shows no obvious symptoms of having oral cancer.
During every check up, you’ll be put through a normal cleaning and a two-minute oral exam. These exams are nearly unnoticeable for the patient, but to the dental hygienist and dentist, they are a must! We look for white or red skin patches, sores and any abnormal bumps or swelling that you may have. Usually, oral cancer is very treatable when caught early on. To learn more about oral cancer, visit our Oral Cancer page. Contact us to schedule your check-up with the leading dentist in Woburn today!