In 2020, the American Cancer Society predicts that about 53,000 individuals will develop oral cancer. More common in men than women, this occurs in stages and refers to abnormalities that appear on the lips, inner-cheek lining, tongue, and gums, as well as the roof or floor of the mouth. Causes of oral cancer include excessive alcohol or tobacco use, too much sun exposure, family history, or Human papillomavirus (HPV). If you live in the San Diego, CA area, and think you're at risk for developing this disease, schedule a consultation at Omni Dental to discuss the benefits of screening. Dr. Daniel Stevens, Dr. Christina Tsang, and Dr. Vahid Tabibzadeh can help you prevent symptoms before they become a problem.
Symptoms of Oral Cancer
Please visit our San Diego, CA, office if you experience one or more of the following:
- A mouth sore that doesn't heal
- Difficulty chewing and swallowing
- Mouth pain that doesn't disappear
- A lump in the throat or thickening of cheek-lining
- White or red patches on the tongue, tonsils, gums, or mouth-lining
During your visit, our doctors will ask about your lifestyle habits and examine the head, neck, and soft tissues inside the mouth.
Oral Cancer Treatment
It's critical to catch oral cancer in the early stages when it's most treatable. It gets diagnosed through a screening test that we perform on location at Omni Dental, and treatment may include a change in diet or medication to alleviate pain. Alternative methods may also consist of chemo or radiation, depending on the severity.
It's vital to remember you don't have oral cancer simply because our doctors at Omni Dental recommend a screening test. They may suggest one to lessen your risk of developing the disease, which can potentially be life-saving. For more information about oral cancer, screening, and other services provided by Omni Dental, visit our website. For appointment scheduling with Dr. Daniel Stevens, Dr. Christina Tsang, and Dr. Vahid Tabibzadeh in our San Diego, CA office, please call 619-224-5000.