Oral Cancer Screenings in Houston, TX
At every hygiene visit, we’ll examine your entire mouth which includes the gums, cheeks, lips, tongue, and jaw. Many patients are surprised at the large area of soft tissue that we examine during an oral exam. It is just as important to have regular soft tissue screenings as it is to have a professional dental cleaning.
Oral cancer can afflict anyone, but tobacco users put themselves at a significantly higher risk than non-users. Chewing tobacco has up to 3000 different chemicals, including the same compounds used in pesticides and embalming fluid. Cellular changes below the surface aren’t always detectable until they’ve advanced to a critical stage.
Early detection and treatment of oral cancer can significantly increase your chances of a quick and successful recovery. The American Cancer Society reports that about 7,000 deaths result from oral cancer, out of 30,000 cases diagnosed annually. If we suspect any abnormalities in your mouth tissue, we may suggest having a biopsy and microscopic analysis taken by a qualified lab.
Other non-cancerous changes can occur in your mouth’s tissue, from oral warts to autoimmune lesions. Drs. Nimri and Zingalis draw on their background in oral pathology to evaluate any abnormalities and determine if they should be monitored or removed.
We understand that tobacco holds strong addictive powers over even the most health-conscious people. If you’re determined to quit, we want to support you in your efforts. Talk to your hygienist, Dr. Nimri or Dr. Zingalis about the strategies and resources we offer so you can kick the habit.