It is common for patients to mistakenly assume a dentist’s job is only to check for cavities and repair teeth. In reality, quality dentistry means caring for the person not just fixing teeth.
While tobacco users do have a higher risk of oral cancer, these cancers can strike anyone regardless of your smoking or tobacco history. Like all cancers, early diagnosis of oral cancers results in a greater chance of surviving the disease. This is why Dr. Chang routinely conducts oral cancer screenings on his patients.
There are many types of oral cancer including:
- Salivary gland carcinomas
- Lymphomas which usually appear on the tonsils or at the base of the tongue
- Squamous cell carcinomas, the most common kind of oral cancer
- Verrucous carcinoma which is slow-growing but can still spread
If you ever notice any pain, bleeding, or other symptoms in your mouth, it is crucial that you let your dentist know. Dr. Chang has undergone specialized training to identify cancerous or suspicious lesions and tumors accurately. Call (951) 325-4600 to learn more or to schedule an appointment.