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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.

Smiles Worth Raving About

Logan LankfordLogan Lankford
03:30 06 Dec 23
Great location, great people, and all around a great dentist. I recently transferred to their office due to location, and I’m very impressed with everything they have to offer. From the receptionist, to the hygienist, and the dentist are all super friendly and very professional.
Jason AdamsJason Adams
07:13 05 Dec 23
I absolutely love the team at Liberty Lake Smile Source.I've been seeing Dr. Tim Casey for over 5 years and you won't find someone who is more attentive, caring and professional. We only see each other a couple times a year and he always checks in on how my family and I are doing.All of the staff are top-notch and I would 100% recommend this team to anyone who asks.
Kennedy JuchauKennedy Juchau
02:45 02 Dec 23
I have had great experiences every time I go in. They are friendly and thorough every time. They are always very confident in their diagnosis and are always willing to answer any questions I have.
Randy BolingerRandy Bolinger
18:46 01 Dec 23
Always a great visit. Very professional and friendly!
Darius TerryDarius Terry
20:41 23 Nov 23
It's always amazing, front desk is amazing, very good customer service !! And the doctors and all , always are there for me, always there for a patient so with all that being said, you got are indeed my favorite place , and favorite people! I want to say thanks for all your guys help etc..-Darius Terry (:
Kelsea HopkinsKelsea Hopkins
04:30 16 Nov 23
From start to finish, a great experience.Patty had a warm and welcoming smile to get me checked in (and out). I met with Heather (with a little help from Elizabeth) who were fantastic at explaining the whole process and making sure to breakdown jargon and let me know the findings of my cleaning. I got to watch some silly and funny animal tv on the ceiling which had some great ways to make me smile during the visit. They took great X-rays and pictures of my teeth to ensure all aspects of my dental care were considered. Dr. Macall was personable while also professional and informative. Would 10/10 recommend the entire process with this group. Thank you for your great care and even though it’s the dentist office, I look forward to returning.
Paula KrantPaula Krant
01:40 27 Oct 23
Was a great experience. The technician was very pleasant. She was attentive to me and my questions. Gentle and considerate. Dentist was great. Felt he was professional and explained things well. No pressure on what needed to be done or how soon. Office personal were very pleasant and attentive. Explained the treatment plan and insurance coverage and what my costs would be. It was a very pleasant and comfortable visit. I would recommend this office to others.
Barbara ChimentiBarbara Chimenti
01:39 11 Oct 23
The staff was very friendly. Office clean and welcoming. Hygienist was extremely knowledgeable and gentle. Dr Casey explained all scenarios to me and what work was needed first. I liked the efficiency of all his staff and I think it was my best experience with any dentist.
Real Ron SwansonReal Ron Swanson
20:12 28 Sep 23
Recently moved here from Chicago, and a family member recommended Liberty Lake Smile. It took a brief and easy website visit and a follow-up call from them, and I had an appointment right away! I was impressed at how nice and professional the entire staff was, and it was apparent they really did care, and know their business! I was surprised at how thorough my initial visit and assessment actually was. Ann, the Hygienist and Dr. Casey demonstrated their competence, experience and professionalism, and left me with a feeling of confidence that they would provide excellent care! Moreover, they came up with a detailed plan to map out the course of action. I would happily recommend Liberty Lake Smile for your dental needs.