A simple annual oral cancer screening has the potential to save your life! Though nearly 10,000 people die each year from this dangerous disease, it’s possible to treat if detected early. This is why Dr. Campbell and his team encourage all adult patients to undergo regular oral cancer screenings.

Oral cancer can develop along the lips, cheek lining, gums, tongue, floor and roof of mouth, and throat. Common triggers include heavy use of tobacco and alcohol and excessive sun exposure. Since oral cancer doesn’t always show obvious symptoms in its early stages, it’s important to stay alert for the following signs in between your annual screenings:

  • A mouth sore or lump that doesn’t heal after a few weeks
  • Red or white patches
  • Pain and tenderness in the mouth or along the lips
  • Unusual difficulty chewing, swallowing or speaking
  • A change in your bite
  • Sensation of something being caught in the throat

The oral cancer screening process at Greg Campbell DDS is quick and simple. It includes a systematic visual examination of all soft tissue in the mouth, a physical exam of the neck and lymph nodes, and a questionnaire. If your oral cancer screening reveals signs of oral cancer, Dr. Campbell and his team will work closely with you and your family to identify the best treatment option for your unique case.

“Our mission at Greg Campbell, DDS in Long Beach, CA is to help our patients achieve a state of optimal dental and oral health. We seek to create an environment that fosters a high value in oral health by continually striving to provide excellent personal and professional service. Our moral objective is to meet the needs of others, whether co-worker or patient, because ultimately,
our business is people.”