Oral Cancer Screening
Early detection saves lives. We offer comprehensive oral cancer screenings to keep you one step ahead of oral health risks.
What is Oral Cancer Screening?
Oral cancer screening is a crucial preventive measure that can save lives. We prioritize your overall health, not just your dental well-being. Our oral cancer screenings are designed to identify early signs of cancer or precancerous conditions in your mouth.
The process is quick, painless, and can be done during your regular dental check-up. Early detection is key in treating oral cancer successfully, and that’s why we recommend regular screenings for all our patients. It’s not just about teeth and gums; it’s about comprehensive care that looks at the bigger picture.
We use advanced technology and methods to ensure the most accurate results. Our team is trained to look for any abnormalities or changes that could indicate a problem. With early detection, the chances of successful treatment are much higher, and it can potentially save your life.
What are the Symptoms of Oral Cancer?
Knowing the symptoms of oral cancer can empower you to take action early. We believe that education is a vital part of preventive care. While oral cancer symptoms can vary, there are some common signs to watch out for.
The symptoms can range from subtle to more noticeable. Some of the common signs include persistent sores in the mouth, difficulty in swallowing, and unexplained bleeding. It’s essential to remember that these symptoms don’t automatically mean you have cancer, but they are red flags that should not be ignored.
Here are some symptoms to be aware of:
- Persistent mouth sores
- Unexplained bleeding in the mouth
- Difficulty swallowing or chewing
- A lump or thickening in the cheek
- A sore throat or feeling that something is caught in the throat
- Changes in the color or texture of the oral tissues
- Unexplained numbness in the mouth or lips
If you experience any of these symptoms, it’s crucial to consult with a healthcare provider for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. Early detection is key, and our team is here to guide you every step of the way.
Cost of Oral Cancer Screening
When it comes to your health, you shouldn’t have to compromise because of cost concerns. We strive to make oral cancer screenings accessible and affordable for everyone. The cost of an oral cancer screening can vary depending on your insurance coverage and the specific tests involved.
We accept a variety of insurance plans and also offer flexible payment options to fit your budget. Our team is happy to discuss the costs with you upfront, so there are no surprises. Investing in an oral cancer screening is an investment in your long-term health, and we believe it’s a step everyone should be able to take.
How We Perform Oral Cancer Screenings?
We take a comprehensive approach to oral cancer screenings, ensuring that you receive the most thorough examination possible. Our skilled dental professionals use state-of-the-art technology and proven methods to detect any signs of oral cancer early when it’s most treatable.
Here’s what you can expect during your oral cancer screening:
- Visual Inspection: We will start by visually examining your lips, face, neck, and the inside of your mouth for any abnormalities like sores or discolored patches.
- Physical Examination: We’ll also feel the areas around your jaw, neck, and cheeks for any unusual lumps or bumps.
- Advanced Technology: For a more in-depth look, we may use special lights or dyes that can help highlight abnormal cells.
- Discussion and Next Steps: After the screening, we’ll discuss the findings with you and recommend any further tests or treatments if necessary.
Your health is our top priority, and we’re committed to providing you with the best care possible.
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Mary BerryHappy Client from Kirkland Office
“Very incompetent doctor dr. Thomas is after money. Don't believe anything he is saying. Other doctors are all recent college graduates with no experience. Don't trust them. Get a second opinion or just go some place else get your teeth done.”
Marna ReamsHappy Client from Kirkland Office
“Cathy did an amazing job cleaning my teeth! She was informative on what is going on in my mouth! Looking forward to my next cleaning!”
Robb KristiansonHappy Client from Kirkland Office
“Very happy with the prompt service. I would highly recommend Thomas Dentistry!”
Lukas RogersHappy Client from Kirkland Office
“Dr. Thomas and his team have managed my dental care for over a decade and I couldn't be happier with how I've been treated. Highly recommend coming in to see him for anyone in need of dental care.”
lindaHappy Client from Kirkland Office
“Had my teeth cleaned today again by Rosie. She is an excellent Dental hygienist. Takes the time to answer all my questions and is very informative. Greatly appreciate it.”
Theresa GehrigHappy Client from Mercer Island Office
“I have plenty of anxieties about getting dental work done and Dr Thomas and his team are understanding and reassuring. His office is so helpful and professional in getting the work done and I have a great deal of confidence in him and his team. Their equipment and materials are up to date. I’m grateful !”
Dennis FerrerHappy Client from Kirkland Office
“Nice, smart and they do a great job”
Elaina ShHappy Client from Kirkland Office
“Went to that office last year to get a crown on implant and Dr. Thomas did the ugliest crown possible. Shape and height looked completely different from natural tooth I had in that place before. He did not even try to fix it. This year my new dentist confirmed that the crown should have been done completely different but now Im stuck with this crown for a while because it will cost a ton to re-do it since that is a dental implant crown, not just a regular crown. I guess I missed the first red flag when they said they do root canals and extractions too. Of course, why even going to roots canals specialists and oral surgeons if You can get a “buffet of services” at Dr. Thomas! Also Molly at the front desk is the rudest receptionist I ve even seen, billing office could not get the numbers right and overcharged me for about $800 then refunded but can this office be more unprofessional and thirsty for money?!!”
Bill SharpeHappy Client from Mercer Island Office
“Thankful to have a dental team I can trust. Especially in 2021 Thanks all, Bill”
Chelsey SwanHappy Client from Kirkland Office
“I love Thomas Dentistry! Tracie is my usual hygienist. It might be strange to say, but I enjoy my teeth cleanings here. They are so easy and, as far as dental work goes, as comfortable as they can be.”
Jacqueline RoerHappy Client from Mercer Island Office
“Five stars! Great Dentist and work he does and great staff.”
Peter ChristianHappy Client from Mercer Island Office
“I did not have a dentist in the Seattle area and choose Thomas Dentistry because they were close and nearby. Boy, did I strike gold! I hadn't been to the dentist in a while and I needed some work done to get clearance for a other medical procedure. They were so great in getting me set up and expediting my treatments. Everyone was very professional and friendly. I can highly recommend them for your dental work.”
Ben SharpeHappy Client from Mercer Island Office
“They are awesome! Took care of my four kids today super convenient!”
Holly YeeHappy Client from Kirkland Office
“Such a wonderful dentist's office! The staff is always welcoming, efficient, and they do a great job with my oral care. The other day I had a tooth brush bristle stuck in between two of my teeth and needed to come in for a minute visit. They got me in that day and were able to remove the bristle. It was such a relief! Going to the dentist can somethings be uncomfortable, but at Thomas Dentistry I always feel taken care of.”
Barb PattersonHappy Client from Mercer Island Office
“I needed a dentist close to home and they are close enough for me to walk. I've been twice now and both times had a great experience. Dr. Jaswal has a wonderful chair-side manner and super sense of humor.”
Richard FryantHappy Client from Kirkland Office
“Best dentistry I've ever been to. The people here are thoughtful and very professional. The work I've had done has been very high quality.”
Nicholas SmithHappy Client from Kirkland Office
“Clean, friendly, and on time. Their staff took very good care of my teeth and were always very pleasant. Definitely recommend Thomas Dentistry!”
D EnrightHappy Client from Kirkland Office
“Wonderful, welcoming staff always leaves me smiling!”
Zach KellyHappy Client from Kirkland Office
“First visit back to the dentist in awhile after not having insurance. Everyone was very welcoming and informed. Cleaning was very efficient and information was communicated clearly Thank you Dr. Zou, Kathy, Carmen, and Nicole! I'll definitely be coming back for further dental care.”
Mark DetrowHappy Client from Mercer Island Office
“Had such an amazing experience, and I would highly recommend coming here. I was incredibly thankful especially for how helpful and sweet Marna was. I typically do not like going to the dentist but she made me feel very comfortable and did a wonderful job! Will be back here soon!”
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Understanding the Risk Factors for Oral Cancer
When it comes to oral cancer, awareness is your first line of defense. We’re committed to educating our community about the various factors that could put you at risk for developing this serious condition. By understanding these risk factors, you can take meaningful steps to protect your oral health and overall well-being.
List of Risk Factors for Oral Cancer:
Tobacco Use: Whether it’s cigarettes, cigars, or chewing tobacco, tobacco use is the most significant risk factor for oral cancer. It’s not just smokers who are at risk; even second-hand smoke can contribute to the development of oral cancer.
Alcohol Consumption: Heavy or frequent alcohol consumption can irritate the cells in your mouth, making them susceptible to oral cancer. The risk is even higher for those who both smoke and drink.
Age Factor: Although oral cancer can occur at any age, the risk notably increases for individuals over the age of 50. Regular screenings become increasingly important as you age.
HPV Infection: The Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is a common sexually transmitted infection that has been linked to certain types of oral cancer, particularly oropharyngeal cancers.
Dietary Habits: A diet that lacks essential nutrients and antioxidants, particularly one low in fruits and vegetables, can increase your risk of oral cancer. Foods rich in antioxidants can help combat cancer-causing agents.
Sun Exposure: Believe it or not, prolonged exposure to the sun can increase the risk of cancer on your lips. Always use a lip balm with SPF when spending extended periods outdoors.
By recognizing these risk factors and adjusting your lifestyle accordingly, you can significantly reduce your risk of developing oral cancer. If you identify with one or more of these risk factors, we strongly recommend scheduling regular oral cancer screenings.
Meet Dr. Thomas
15+ years of Experience in General & Family Dentistry
Dr. Troy Thomas opened Thomas Dentistry 15 years ago in Kirkland and provides each patient with individual care and attention, making certain they receive the highest quality of dentistry he has to offer. Dr. Thomas enjoys meeting with his patients each day and regards them as extended family members, doing his best to ensure they are as comfortable as possible. His goal as a dentist in Kirkland, WA is to deliver quality comprehensive dental care to patients in a welcoming and enjoyable environment. During his spare time, Dr. Thomas enjoys golf, traveling, hiking, and fishing.
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We’re here to answer your questions.
We recommend annual screenings for most adults. However, if you have risk factors like tobacco use or a family history of cancer, more frequent screenings may be advised.
The screening is quick and non-invasive, usually taking less than 10 minutes as part of your regular dental check-up.
If we detect any abnormalities, we may recommend a biopsy for further analysis. Rest assured, we’ll guide you through every step of the process.
While you can’t entirely eliminate the risk, lifestyle changes like quitting smoking and limiting alcohol can significantly reduce your risk.
Oral cancer is extremely rare in children. However, if there are specific concerns, we can certainly perform a screening.
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