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Oral Cancer Screening: What You Should Know

You know that it’s important for you to visit your dentist every six months if you’d like to keep your teeth healthy and strong—but do you know what actually happens during these treatments? Typically, we’ll clean your teeth thoroughly and inspect your pearly whites for signs of trouble—such as oral cancer. This cancer screening is very important, but do you know what it actually entails?

While you may think oral cancer is fairly rare, did you know that more than 50,000 Americans are diagnosed with the issues each year? Fortunately, this disease can usually be treated successfully—but the odds of a successful treatment increase greatly if the problem is identified early. One part of recognizing this problem involves asking a number of questions. We may ask you about whether you smoke or drink and how regularly you do so.

Our team will look for white or red areas in your mouth or for unusual sores. We’ll also inspect your face and tongue for unusual bumps. Afterwards, we’ll examine your mouth, neck, and jaw. While this may seem unnecessary, our team can recognize bumps and abnormalities that can’t be found by touch alone. We may also feel inside your mouth, including your cheeks, and inspect your lymph nodes, lips, and the hinges of your jaw.

If you’re interested in learning more about an oral cancer screening, please feel free to contact Paul R. Stanovick, DDS at 804-781-1919. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you have and help you schedule an appointment with our dentist, Drs. Stanovick and Stanovick. We’re excited to hear from you soon!

Cold Sores and Canker Sores: What’s the Difference?

You’ve probably heard about cold sores and canker sores, but what do you know about the two? While the two may seem very similar, there are a number of differences between the two. Similarly, do you ever wonder what you can do to avoid canker sores and cold sores—or what you can do to address either type of sore?

In reality, the main difference between the two is their location. Canker sores are always found inside the mouth, though they can be virtually anywhere inside your mouth. Also, canker sores are usually gray, yellow, or white with a red ring around it. These are open sores, but they aren’t contagious. Still, they can be very unpleasant. Unfortunately, no one knows the exact cause of canker sores, but some claim that they are affected by stress, vitamin or mineral deficiencies, food allergies, and even hormones.

As you’ve probably guessed, cold sores are extremely contagious. Cold sores are also known as fever blisters. Unlike canker sores can be, which come in a variety of colors, cold sores are almost always red. While cold sores are painful, they can also cause fevers, headaches, and swollen lymph nodes. However, these sores don’t usually last too long—but they are still quite uncomfortable.

Naturally, a trip to our dentists, Drs. Stanovick and Stanovick, can help diagnose your problem. Similarly, our team may be able to give you a solution to your problem. Also, if you have a large sore for more than three weeks, please remember to visit our team soon. If you’d like to learn more, or would like to schedule an appointment with us, please don’t hesitate to contact our office at 804-781-191. We’re eager to hear from you.