Take control of your health by scheduling preventative dental care. Oral cancer screenings are a crucial step in comprehensive health care and can help you have peace of mind about your health. Screenings often result in an earlier diagnosis of oral cancer which can lead to more effective treatment plans when compared to individuals who do not receive the screenings. Smile Envy Dental Group is proud to offer this important service to residents of Smyrna, Vinings, and the surrounding Atlanta communities.
What is an Oral Cancer Screening?
An oral cancer screening involves checking for signs of cancer in the mouth. Oral cancer screenings can also be done at home in between dental appointments. To do an at-home oral cancer screening, check your mouth and/or neck for the following:
- Persistent feeling that something is lodged in the throat
- Persistent sores
- Areas that look or feel like a sore is healing or scabbed
- Velvety patches in the mouth
- Pain in one or both ears
- Sore throat that lasts for more than two weeks
You should also have Dr. Fields perform a complete oral cancer screening to check for other signs and symptoms of oral cancer.
What is the Oral Cancer Screening Procedure?
Oral cancer screening is a routine part of dental hygiene appointments. Dr. Fields looks and feels for sores, swelling, bleeding and bumps in the mouth and neck.
When Should I Have an Oral Cancer Screening?
As with all cancer, early detection is the best way to improve the outlook of an oral cancer diagnosis. With this in mind, we recommend that all patients have oral cancer screenings at their regular cleanings every six months.
How Much Does an Oral Screen Cost in Atlanta?
Screening costs vary by patient, and the best way to understand the cost is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Fields. However, our office works with each patient to make financing important family dentistry services, such as oral cancer screenings, a realistic option for many.
Dental insurance often covers at least a portion of the cost for oral cancer screenings, but all insurance providers have unique policies. At Smile Envy Dental Group, we will review your policy and inform you of your individual costs for oral cancer screenings at your first appointment.
In order to provide affordable access, we’re proud to offer patients financing options through CareCredit®. We can determine your eligibility before your appointment, so there are no surprises when it comes to finances. We happily accept many forms of payment including credit card.
Oral cancer screenings can help you achieve long-term health in your mouth and elsewhere. Being proactive about dental health can prevent serious, life-altering health problems. Dr. David Fields of Smile Envy Dental Group proudly provides oral cancer screenings to residents of Smyrna, Vinings and surrounding Atlanta communities. Contact us today to schedule your screening.