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Oral or mouth cancer is detected in an estimated 50,000 Americans and nearly 10,000 die from this disease every year. Like most cancers, early detection is vital for the best options in treatment. When identified in the early stages, oral cancer can be effectively treated, but it has very few noticeable early symptoms. At Liberty Lake Smile Source, we offer oral cancer screening as one of our preventive oral health options at our dental center in Spokane Valley.

Oral cancer can affect the throat or tissues in the mouth, duplicating malignant cancer cells that can eventually spread to other areas of the body. There may be no symptoms in the first stages of mouth cancer, but this is when it is treatable. However, there are some possible signs you may have oral cancer, including:

  • White or red spots on the oral tissues (tongue, gums, roof/floor of mouth)
  • Lumps or bumps in mouth or throat
  • Oral sores that do not heal after two weeks or longer
  • Sore throat, hoarse voice
  • Difficulty swallowing

While older adults have a higher risk of oral cancer, it can affect anyone at any age. If you have any symptoms of oral cancer, you should schedule an oral cancer screening immediately. However, routine examinations can catch cancer before there are symptoms.

Identify Mouth Cancer Early

An oral cancer screening involves one of our dentists carefully examining the mouth, face, neck and tongue for any signs of cancer growths. Careful inspection can identify changes in the tissue that cannot be seen easily without the right equipment and expertise. Oral cancer exams can be performed with your routine dental checkups, and there are no lab tests or invasive procedures needed. If our doctors find any concerning signs, we will refer you to a specialist for more testing and possible treatment.

At Liberty Lake Smile Source, we care about our patients and their overall health. Whenever possible, we want to provide preventive oral health care to protect every patient’s health. When you schedule your next checkup, ask about oral cancer screening to check for any signs of mouth cancer. Contact our dental center in Liberty Lake, WA, in the Spokane Valley to schedule your appointment.

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Angela W.

As a new patient, I was very pleased with my experience at Liberty Lake Smile. My tooth cracked earlier in the week, and broke off. They were able to see me the same day, addressed the problem, and got me set up with a temporary crown. Dr. Casey, explained what the issues were, and his method was very gentle. The staff was friendly and professional.

Charles K.

Excellent experience all around! I have been going to Liberty Lake Smile Source for about 10 years now and have always have had a great experience. Dr. Casey & Dr. Macall are experts in their field! Friendly staff, state of the art equipment and a brand new building. I would recommend to anyone looking for a good experience with professionals who care.

Mike H.

Dr. Casey, McCall and their entire team are exceptional. They are friendly, gentle, and easy to visit with and I especially loved the pet channel that I got to watch during my visit! My entire family comes to Liberty Lake Smile Source, and will continue to for years to come.