According to the American Cancer Society, more than 30,000 cases of oral cancer are diagnosed each year. The good news, though, is that caught early enough, oral cancer almost always responds to treatment, which is why dental check-ups are of such critical importance.

At Prava Dental, we look for signs of oral cancer at every check-up, and we also recommend a yearly, more in-depth oral cancer screening, particularly for patients with common risk factors, such as tobacco consumption and heavy alcohol use.

Oral cancer screenings are completely painless. First, Dr. Pandya conducts a visual examination, during which she looks carefully for any lesions, lumps, sores, or patches anywhere in the mouth. Be sure to let her know if you’ve noticed any changes in your oral tissues, or if you have any sores that aren’t healing properly.

In addition to the visual exam, Dr. Pandya uses a revolutionary tool called the Identafi 3000 as part of her screening regimen. The Identafi 3000 uses multi-spectral light technology to identify cellular changes that would be otherwise undetectable by the naked eye, and that are often the early beginnings of oral cancer.

If you have any questions or concerns about oral cancer, be sure to let Dr. Pandya know; she would be more than happy to discuss them with you.