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Paul E. Berg, DDS
6519 Nicollet Avenue South
Richfield Professional Building, Suite 205

Richfield, MN 55423
(612) 861-7141

Oral Cancer Screening

Oral Cancer Screening Richfield MN

Dedicated to Complete Oral Health

Our office is not only dedicated to your smile, we’re also dedicated to your overall wellness. We take a holistic approach to your dental care, which includes an oral cancer screening as a part of your regular exam. Like any kind of cancer, oral cancer can be life threatening if not diagnosed and treated early. You are the most important factor in the early diagnosis of oral cancer through routine screenings through our office.

Signs of Trouble

We have the skills and tools to ensure that early signs and symptoms of oral cancer and pre-cancerous conditions are identified. While these symptoms may be caused by other, less serious problems, it is very important to visit our office to rule out the possibility of oral cancer. The most common symptoms of oral cancer include:

  • Red or white spots or sores anywhere in the oral cavity
  • A sore that bleeds easily or does not heal
  • A lump, thickening or rough spot
  • Pain, tenderness or numbness anywhere in the mouth or on the lips
  • Difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking or moving the jaw or tongue

Oral Cancer Screening

Our team is trained in a simple, quick screening that involves an examination of your oral cavity as a whole and not just your teeth to detect cancerous and pre-cancerous conditions. If we find an area of concern, we may perform a test using a specialized instrument called Velscope. If this confirms the abnormality, we will recommend a follow-up appointment with a specialist for a biopsy.

Prevention

Aside from receiving an oral screening during your checkup at our office, there are many things you can do to help prevent oral cancer.

  • The best way to prevent oral cancer is to avoid all tobacco products and only drink alcohol in moderation.
  • Maintain a healthy, balanced diet.
  • Limit your exposure to the sun and always wear UV-A/B-blocking sun protective lotions on your skin as well as your lips.
  • During your next dental appointment, ask your dentist to perform an oral exam. Early detection of oral cancer can improve the chance of successful treatment.

 

 

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