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Oral Cancer Screenings in Westchester County

At Advanced Dentistry of Scarsdale, we want to educate our patients about the dental and preventive procedures we offer. When it comes to issues like oral cancer, preventive measures are important. We take our role as dental health educators in the community very seriously. Our committed team loves helping each patient learn about oral cancer risks and how they can have healthy habits to prevent oral health problems down the road.

What is an Oral Cancer Screening?

One of the procedures we offer at Advanced Dentistry of Scarsdale is oral cancer screenings. These screenings are highly important. They are an examination performed by a Westchester dentist to look for signs of cancer or precancerous conditions in a patient’s mouth. These screenings can identify and detect mouth cancer early on. If we detect oral cancer in the early stages, the patient has a greater chance of successful treatment

Oral Cancer Screenings

Coming in for an oral cancer screening helps us find problems early.

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We know that these cancer screenings are very important and can lead to a higher chance of successful treatment. Our team at Advanced Dentistry of Scarsdale can walk you through the process and talk to you about preventive measures you can take. Also, our experienced team will treat you as an individual and learn about your specific oral hygiene history and needs.

Oral cancer screenings are often done during normal dental visits. Sometimes they are done using other tests to help identify any abnormal cells in the mouth. Your Westchester dentist will speak to you at routine check-ups to check risk factors and you need any further screening methods.

Some Things to Keep in Mind

It is important to keep in mind that there is no single oral exam or cancer screening that is completely proven to reduce the risk association with oral cancer. These tests and screening methods are also not completely foolproof in detecting oral cancer. But, they do often have a high success rate, and they are also an improved way to detect oral cancer earlier on and help subscribe preventive measures to people with risk factors. If you have many risk factors, our team will help you change behaviors and lower those risks. Prevention is worth a pound of cure. But, a screening test is a great first step to see where you are and what next steps to take.

The goal of these screenings is to detect mouth cancer or any precancerous lesions that might lead to mouth cancer soon. The screening can detect cancer or precancer when the lesions are easier to remove and more likely to be cured than if detected at later stages.

At Advanced Dentistry of Scarsdale, we would also like to note that while these screenings are an important, smart measure to take, there is no consensus on studies proving that oral cancer screening saves lives. Not all organizations and studies agree on the benefits or the statistics on how many lives oral screening has saved.

But, those people who have a higher risk of oral cancer are more likely to benefit from these screenings. If you are someone who has many risk factors, we recommend getting more intensive cancer screenings. If you are wondering what some of the risk factors are, we can talk to you about your history and if you are at high-risk.


This list is a few of the risk factors that contribute to a higher likelihood of oral cancer.

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  • Tobacco use. This can mean a lot of behaviors including use of cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chewing tobacco, and other substances that contain tobacco.
  • Heavy alcohol use.
  • A previous diagnosis of oral cancer.
  • Having a history of frequent sun exposure which can contribute to increased risk of lip cancer.

If you have any of these risk factors in your history, we recommend bringing these issues up to us. We will talk about which oral screening options are appropriate for your individual situation. We will also help you figure out ways to reduce your risk of oral cancer and help make a plan for how to do so.

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What are Possible Limitations of These Screenings?

It is important to note the limitations for oral exams for oral cancer screening purposes.

Oral cancer screening could lead to more tests being necessary. It is not uncommon for people to have sores in their mouths and most of these sores are not cancerous. An oral cancer exam does not determine which of these sores are cancerous and which of them are not. We might have to call further tests to determine the cause of these sores. The only way to know for sure is to remove some of the cells and test them for cancer. This procedure is called a biopsy.

Oral cancer screening can also not detect all kinds of mouth cancers. Some of these abnormal cells are hard to detect just by a visual examination. It is possible that a lesion could go undetected with these screenings.

While there are some limitations, these screenings are still a good way to go about detecting issues. If there is a problem or your Westchester dentist finds a lesion or sore, he may call for additional tests to determine for sure what the problem is and if oral cancer is the cause.

During the exam, our dentist will look in your mouth and check for sores, red patches, white patches, or other strange lesions. We will also check the tissues in your mouth to feel for any lumps or other abnormalities.

Some Additional Oral Cancer Screening Tests Can Include:

Contact Us to Learn More About Oral Cancer Screenings

Contact our office to learn more about oral cancer screening procedures and if you could benefit from these screenings. Our friendly front desk staff are happy to answer any questions you might have to and tell you more about what we can do for you at Advanced Dentistry of Scarsdale, your Westchester dentist.

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