In the United States alone, one adult dies every hour from oral cancers. When oral cancers are identified in the early stages, treatment can begin more quickly.(913) 203-1031
Oral Cancer Screening
In the early stages of oral cancer, treatment has a higher rate of success and is less invasive. In more advanced stages, oral cancers are more likely to have spread to other areas and need complex treatment. Dr. Haake and Dr. Dahlquist recommend having an oral cancer screening at least once each year. Regular screenings can help ensure early detection of any potential cancers.
During your oral cancer screening, our team will check for any abnormalities. We will closely examine your mouth, throat, lips, gums, and tongue.
Let us know about any potential symptoms you have experienced, including:
- Pain or difficulty with speaking, swallowing, or moving your jaw or tongue.
- A sensation that something is caught in the back of your throat.
- Sore throat with no other sinus symptoms.
- Lumps or swellings in or around your mouth.
- Drastic weight loss.
- White or red patches in your mouth.
- Mouth sores that do not heal.
- Unexplained ear pain.
- Unexplained bleeding in your mouth.
If you have experienced any of these symptoms for more than a week without improvement, call us immediately for an appointment.
Anyone may develop oral cancer, but there are certain factors that can increase your risks. Some of the most common include:
- Being male (men are more likely to develop oral cancer than women).
- Use of tobacco in any form (6 times more likely).
- Genetic predisposition for oral cancers.
- Excessive or prolonged exposure to sun.
- Unhealthy diet.
- Excessive consumption of alcoholic beverages.
- Having gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD).
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Do You Accept Insurance?
Yes, our office is in-network with most major dental insurance providers. Please ask our office manager during your visit for a full list of providers. Our team will work with you to maximize your benefits. We also offer financing through CareCredit, as well as our convenient in-house financing plan. If special arrangements are needed, please talk to our office manager prior to receiving service.
Do You Accept Walk-ins and Emergency Appointments?
Yes, we do. BlueStem Dental accepts walk-ins as scheduling permits. We also offer emergency appointments and will do everything we can to schedule your visit on the same-day. No matter your needs, our team will do everything we can to give you the prompt, professional dental care you and your family deserve.