Sparta Dental Associates - Sparta

Oral Cancer Screening in Sparta

Early cancer detection for the mouth, lips, tongue or throat. Learn the signs and understand your risks.
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The signs and symptoms of oral cancer

Oral cancer is characterized from abnormal cell growth in the mouth, lips, tongue or throat. With early detection, oral cancers have a high rate of successful treatment. The people at the greatest risk for oral cancers are those over the age of 45 but regardless of your age, you should opt for oral cancer screening if you’ve experienced any of the following symptoms:

  • Discolored patches in your mouth or on your lips including white or dark red in color.
  • Unfamiliar lumps or unusual changes in texture.
  • Canker sores that won’t heal, numb patches or persistent bleeding.
  • Unusual feeling tongue, change in sense of taste and difficulty swallowing.

The risk factors for oral cancer

There are several behaviours and conditions that are associated with a higher risk of oral cancer. These include:

  • Smoking or consuming tobacco products such as cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco
  • Heavy or moderately heavy consumption of alcohol (especially combined with tobacco)
  • Possibility of human papillomavirus (HPV) infection of the mouth.
  • Excessive exposure to the sun; a lifestyle that includes lots of sun exposure.
  • A poor diet or poor eating habits.
  • Family history of oral cancer.
  • Oral cancer is more common in men than in women.
  • A history of leukoplakia (a thick, whitish-color patch that develops inside the mouth)

Prevention, detection and treatment of oral cancer

Treatment will be planned on a case by case basis and will heavily depend on the severity, type and location of the suspected cancer.

Spotting early signs of cancer

The goal of an oral cancer screening is the early detection of cancer or precancerous conditions in your mouth. During the exam, your dentist will look over the inside of your mouth and under your tongue for red or white patches or suspicious sores. Your dentist will also feel the tissues in your mouth to check for lumps or odd textures and may also feel the outside of your throat and neck for lumps.

Diagnosis and treatment

If signs of cancer are detected during your oral screening you may be asked to undergo additional testing such as a biopsy (where a small piece of the suspicious tissue is removed for lab examination) or imaging tests like Xrays, ultrasounds, CT scans or an MRI. To remove confirmed tumours, surgery or chemotherapy or radiation therapy may be necessary.

Prevention of oral cancer

You can take steps now to help prevent oral cancer later. To help reduce your risk of oral cancer see your dentist regularly for routine exams, stop using tobacco products and drink responsibly, be mindful of your exposure to direct sunlight and use U/V protective lip balms, eat a healthy diet with plenty of fruits and veggies and during your routine brushing and flossing rituals, remember to check your mouth for signs or symptoms so that you can report any concerns to your dentist.

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Your consultation will include an examination of everything from your teeth, gums and soft tissues to the shape and condition of your bite. Generally, we want to see how your whole mouth looks and functions. Before we plan your treatment we want to know everything about the health and aesthetic of your smile, and, most importantly, what you want to achieve so we can help you get there.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any of the risk factors for oral cancer it’s a good idea to ask for an oral cancer screening at your regular dental exam. If you have discovered an unusually colored or textured patch in your mouth or a lump or suspicious sore you’re encouraged to schedule an appointment to get it checked out.
Your dentist will examine your lips and the inside of your mouth including your cheeks, gums and all sides of your tongue. They will also carefully feel around for any lumps or unusual textures. The dentist may also feel your face, jaw, throat and neck for unusual lumps or tenderness.
Wash your hands with warm soapy water. In front of your bathroom mirror, you’ll want to examine the roof of your mouth, your lips, tongue and gums. Pull your top lip up and bottom lip down to see behind them. You may use a piece of gauze or a cotton pad to help you grip your tongue to check the sides and underside. Do your best to look at your gums, and use your fingers to feel the insides of your mouth. You’re looking and feeling for color changes, lumps and bumps, unusual textures or tenderness. Let your dentist know if you have any sores that have not healed after two weeks.
Small, usually painless, flat patches that may appear red, white, gray or yellow with red edges. These small patches can affect any area of the mouth including the lips, gums, cheeks, tongue and the roof of the mouth. As a good rule of thumb, it’s a good idea to have anything that looks or feels unusual checked out by your doctor or dentist.

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Karen Parkes
1 week ago
Everyone at this practice is super nice! I had my first visit and cleaning today and it was wonderful (I know, not a word associated with dentists. But I really mean it)! Scarlett cleaned my teeth and made me feel very comfortable about the whole process and explained every step! Dr. Emma came in for my exam and was very thorough and explained every issue I had in detail. She also set me up with a treatment plan to take care of everything! I have never liked going to the dentist, but everyone in this practice makes you feel very welcomed. I am actually looking forward to going back and have my teeth fixed.
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Nicole Garcia
2 weeks ago
By far the best dental experience I’ve had to date! From the front desk, to the dental hygienist, to the DMD, the entire staff was enthusiastic, friendly and passionate about their work. I was also extremely pleased with the comprehensive overview as well as the service provided. Highly recommend Scarlett Welfel and Dr. Emma Quigley!
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Helen Spinazzola
2 months ago
This was my first visit to Sparta Dental and I am so happy with the professional office staff. Kyle, the hygienist was so thorough and a true delight. Dr Emma was amazing. I had a very positive experience and would highly recommend this practice.
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Lynn Hartsell
3 months ago
—The practice has a very welcoming/helpful staff. It is very clean and comfortable. — The hygienist, Scarlett, was eager to listen to my concerns. She addressed those concerns while carefully cleaning my teeth, resulting in a pleasant, stress–free visit. She was very personable, gentle and thorough. — Dr. Emma was also very thorough and gentle. She was extremely knowledgeable in her assessment and offered various options for a treatment plan. — To summarize: Sparta Dental Associates is a pleasurable, stress-free environment that I would not hesitate to recommend and look forward to them being my new dental practice.
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gina richardson
6 months ago
My nephew , Nicky has been a patient of Sparta Dental Associates for years. I have never been in a medical office where the staff and doctors are so upbeat and nice consistently . Nicky is on the autism Spectrum and dentists visits were always very scary to him and a challenge to get him to go. That was until we found Sparta dental. They are all amazing and go the extra mile with your patients . As a family , we appreciate how the staff interacts with Nicky. It makes a difference. You are all Very much appreciated by us and Nicky thinks of you all As his friends at the dentist❤️ Thank you
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Karen Parkes
1 week ago
Everyone at this practice is super nice! I had my first visit and cleaning today and it was wonderful (I know, not a word associated with dentists. But I really mean it)! Scarlett cleaned my teeth and made me feel very comfortable about the whole process and explained every step! Dr. Emma came in for my exam and was very thorough and explained every issue I had in detail. She also set me up with a treatment plan to take care of everything! I have never liked going to the dentist, but everyone in this practice makes you feel very welcomed. I am actually looking forward to going back and have my teeth fixed.
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Nicole Garcia
2 weeks ago
By far the best dental experience I’ve had to date! From the front desk, to the dental hygienist, to the DMD, the entire staff was enthusiastic, friendly and passionate about their work. I was also extremely pleased with the comprehensive overview as well as the service provided. Highly recommend Scarlett Welfel and Dr. Emma Quigley!
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Helen Spinazzola
2 months ago
This was my first visit to Sparta Dental and I am so happy with the professional office staff. Kyle, the hygienist was so thorough and a true delight. Dr Emma was amazing. I had a very positive experience and would highly recommend this practice.
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Lynn Hartsell
3 months ago
—The practice has a very welcoming/helpful staff. It is very clean and comfortable. — The hygienist, Scarlett, was eager to listen to my concerns. She addressed those concerns while carefully cleaning my teeth, resulting in a pleasant, stress–free visit. She was very personable, gentle and thorough. — Dr. Emma was also very thorough and gentle. She was extremely knowledgeable in her assessment and offered various options for a treatment plan. — To summarize: Sparta Dental Associates is a pleasurable, stress-free environment that I would not hesitate to recommend and look forward to them being my new dental practice.
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gina richardson
6 months ago
My nephew , Nicky has been a patient of Sparta Dental Associates for years. I have never been in a medical office where the staff and doctors are so upbeat and nice consistently . Nicky is on the autism Spectrum and dentists visits were always very scary to him and a challenge to get him to go. That was until we found Sparta dental. They are all amazing and go the extra mile with your patients . As a family , we appreciate how the staff interacts with Nicky. It makes a difference. You are all Very much appreciated by us and Nicky thinks of you all As his friends at the dentist❤️ Thank you
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