How to Identify Oral Cancer

Our NYC dentists are oral health experts here to help you screen for and diagnose oral cancer. We recommend that all patients make us aware if they’re experiencing any of the following common symptoms:

• Sores that do not heal within two weeks
• Areas of tissue that look different than the same location on the opposite side of
the mouth
• Red or white patches
• Lumps, bumps, or cratered areas

Cancer in the mouth is extremely dangerous. The sooner we can pinpoint an area of concern, the better the outlook for our patients.

When to Have an Oral Cancer Screening

Because oral cancer can affect anyone, it’s vital to have a screening performed at each dental checkup. This life-threatening disease is most effectively treated when diagnosed early. Waiting to have an exam until after you’ve noticed irregular tissues inside of your mouth could cost you your life.

How do I Prevent Getting Cancer in My Mouth?

Oral cancer can be caused by a variety of risk factors. Some can be prevented, while others cannot. When possible, avoid excessive sun exposure, tobacco products, and heavy alcohol intake. That being said, some types of cancers are caused by things as simple as common viruses spread from one person to the next.

Best Treatments for Oral Cancer

If your family dentist pinpoints an area of suspicious or likely precancerous tissues, the first thing to do is have a biopsy or refer you to a specialist.

At Rockefeller Cosmetic Dentistry, our providers know that the very best treatment for oral cancer is early screening and diagnosis. As a team of general practitioners and dental specialists, we’re able to coordinate care for our oral cancer patients in a way that’s effective for both your smile and your quality of life.

Contact our NYC dentists today to schedule your next exam.