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Everything You Should Know About Oral Cancer Screening

Be in the know! Like the saying goes, it is better to be safe than sorry. Detecting early signs of oral cancer will help intervene and address the disease before it progresses to something more complex and improve prognosis.

Everything you should know about an oral cancer screening

Be in the know! Like the saying goes, it is better to be safe than sorry. Detecting early signs of oral cancer will help intervene and address the disease before it progresses to something more complex and improve prognosis.

Oral cancer screening involves a physical and visual exam of the oral cavity (the teeth, the tongue, the lips, beneath the tongue, hard palate (the bony roof of the mouth), the gums and the buccal mucosa (the inside lining of the cheeks and lips) and other connective tissues. It is essential at every new patient comprehensive exam to screen for any abnormalities or pathologies in the intraoral and extraoral cavity.

What is oral cancer? This type of cancer occurs in any part of the mouth (lips, tongue, gums, floor of the mouth, roof of the mouth, or inner lining of the cheeks). Always watch out for pain in the mouth or the ears, persistent mouth sores growing in size, discoloration, painful swallowing, chronic hoarseness, non-tender lump in the neck, and chronic sore throats. Make sure you visit your dentist if you are experiencing one of these signs of symptoms!

Houston Oral Cancer Screening

Why do you need oral cancer screening?

With a low survival rate of 60% in 5 years, the best thing you can do is go for a check-up! Oral cancer screening should be part of your wellness to-do list to ensure all types of abnormalities and pathologies are detected early for better prognosis. During your routine dental exam, your dentist at URBN Dental will check for any signs and symptoms of oral cancer.

Oral cancer spreads quickly, therefore it is important to go for a screening at least once a year to ensure your oral health is within normal limits. Oral cancer screening takes just a few minutes so there is no excuse! The fact that you are not feeling any symptoms does not mean you are free from underlying oral cancer or abnormalities. Regular oral cancer screening will provide you with relief to know that you are always screened for early detection for any abnormalities for early management and better prognosis.

Oral Cancer Screening in Houston

How does Oral Cancer Happen?

The exact and specific cause of oral or mouth cancer isn’t known yet. However, there are some risk factors for oral cancer that you should be wary of. Do you consume tobacco of any kind — either cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, pipes, or cigars? Do you consume a lot of liquor? Do you live or work in an area with considerable air or water pollution? These are all risk factors for oral cancer and you need regular oral cancer screening. However, out of these various factors, smoking is the prime guilty party. According to Mouth Cancer Foundation, over 90% of all cases of mouth or oral cancer occur due to the consumption of tobacco. As such, if you want to avoid oral cancer altogether, your best bet is to quite smoking.

Other less significant risk factors for oral cancer include health and eating habits. Most cases of oral cancer are found in people over the age of 40. Furthermore, it’s commonly exhibited in people who don’t consume enough fibrous fruits and vegetables, which can lead to severe vitamin and mineral deficiencies that make you more susceptible to mouth cancer. Even prolonged exposure to direct sunlight can increase your likelihood of lip or mouth cancer. In recent years, there has also been a sudden outbreak of oral cancers associated with the sexually transmitted virus called human papillomavirus (HPV 16).

As you can see, oral cancer may happen for a number of reasons, even if the exact cause is still unknown. If you’re unsure about your likelihood of oral cancer, you should remain safe and simply weed out all alcohol and tobacco from your life. Additionally, you should start consuming a healthy and well-balanced meal that provides your body with the nutrients it needs to combat oral cancer. You can also stave off oral cancer by brushing regularly with a fluoride toothpaste, maintaining optimal oral health, and going for regular dental cleaning appointments and oral cancer screening.

Who is more susceptible to needing oral cancer screening?

Cancer occurs when the genetic mutation instructs cells to grow uncontrollably. When left untreated, the cancer spreads from one part of the mouth to other areas which can then spread to other parts of the head and neck and towards the body. Cancer does not discriminate and affect anyone, so it’s crucial to maintain regular oral cancer screening.

Who is more susceptible to needing oral cancer screening? There is no black and white answer to this question. Anyone is susceptible to oral cancer but there are risk factors that makes one more vulnerable to developing abnormalities. If any of your family has been diagnosed with oral cancer in the past, make sure oral cancer screening is performed on you at every recall appointment. Genetic and hereditary links to oral cancer can put you at a higher risk and therefore you should have screenings done more frequently.

The exact cause of oral cancer is still unknown. However, there is evidence that there are risk factors and certain habits that increase the chances of acquiring oral cancer. One risk factor is inherited mutation that may run in the family. Tobacco and alcohol use are two of the biggest risk factors for oral cancer. If you are a smoker or frequently consume alcohol, you are more susceptible to oral cancer and thus will require more frequent oral cancer screenings. Other risk factors include having HPV infection, a diet rich in processed foods, red meats, and fried foods. Constant exposure to UV lights, radiotherapy of the head and neck area and other exposures to harmful chemicals can also lead to development of abnormalities within the oral cavity.

How do you treat a patient using oral cancer screening?

  • Visual exam

During the visual exam, the intraoral and extraoral cavities are examined thoroughly. This includes anything inside your mouth, your nose, neck, face and lips. Prior to screening it is recommended for the patient to remove any dental appliance (dentures, partials, etc.) that might obstruct the examination. The dentist will look for any abnormalities such as swelling, discoloration, asymmetries, ulcerations, etc.

  • Physical exam

The dentist will check the cheeks, head, under the chin, jaw, and oral cavity using his gloved hands to see if he can palpate any abnormal masses or nodules. The patient may be asked to do some tasks like swallowing or chewing to see whether there is any pain or discomfort on the throat, teeth or gums.

What are the symptoms of someone who needs oral cancer screening?

Just like any other disease, oral cancer also comes with numerous signs and symptoms. You should look out for:

  • Bleeding sore
  • Non-healing sore
  • Chronic hoarseness
  • Loose teeth
  • Painful tongue
  • Painful jaw or jaw stiffness
  • Painful/difficult swallowing
  • Painful/difficult chewing
  • peculiar sore throat

Having the above signs may not necessarily mean you have oral cancer. Regardless if you are unsure and have risk factors then you should consult your dentist immediately!

URBN Dental Uptown
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Josh Lavian
Josh Lavian
03:14 15 Dec 19
Very impressed. Though I was not happy with the news I got when I showed up there, I was very happy with the way in which the staff broke it to me, the knowledge they showed, and the action they took to take care of it. The office itself is very sleek and modern -- fully stocked on this or that which a patient needs (or even trinkets not necessary, but still nice to have), and very well run. They're on the ball, here. You can tell they care about you.
Rox Roll
Rox Roll
20:09 05 Dec 19
My first visit was the best one! Even though I’m moving soon, I want to make this my primary dentist and drive all the way from Austin to keep going to it. Everyone was professional, they explained everything as they went and even shared more information about how teeth, gums and bacteria work. They explained the insurance loop holes which is probably the most valuable part aside from the actual dental work. They worked with me every step of the way and I really, really appreciated it. Everyone was nice and welcoming and I didn’t even wait long. I’ll be back as long as I still live in Houston and probably when I move. Good dentists are hard to find!
Chelsea Edwards
Chelsea Edwards
18:46 05 Dec 19
You can tell the staff like to work there which makes a HUGE difference in customer service. Also, I’ve never seen high quality photos of my teeth before. It puts the importance of oral care into perspective, and the hygienist took the time to give realistic (not redundant) tips for improvement. I’m excited about going back and showing off the results of what I learned!
Jona Garcia
Jona Garcia
17:17 26 Nov 19
Definitely recommended! The best dental appointment I have ever had! Everyone is very professional and very accommodating. Everyone is very educational. They really know what they’re doing. Nice ambiance! Kudos to the whole Urban Dental Uptown team!
Mary Maloney
Mary Maloney
17:17 23 Nov 19
I recently moved to Houston and was due for a cleaning. The office is so nice, and it’s SO convenient that they’re open on certain Saturdays. I received very thorough treatment, detailed recommendations, and felt comfortable. Very happy I found my dentist in my new city!
Ayed Al-Dossari
Ayed Al-Dossari
16:41 21 Nov 19
The staff does a great job at making you, the patient feel comfortable. They great personalities, very professional and take the time to explain to you what they have noticed about your teeth. I look forward to going back for my next checkup.
Katrina Ostrowicki
Katrina Ostrowicki
20:53 15 Nov 19
Very friendly, highly recommend! Very cool office and also the patients needs come first! I’m usually very nervous going to the dentist but they make it a good experience getting dental work done.
Susan Paul
Susan Paul
19:17 11 Nov 19
The best dental visit I ever had. I am one of those people who fear going to dentist and because of that I have ignored my teeth for a while (literally). But thank God, I found the best team of Dr. Bridget and the hygienist Angela. They both are so professional and excellent in their work. All the staff in the reception are also superbly competent and very friendly especially Juliet. The place is clean and hygienic in every way. I highly recommend this clinic to anyone for their dental care. S Paul
Zavier Lachica
Zavier Lachica
22:36 24 Oct 19
Most painless dental experience I’ve ever been too!!! Their bedside manner is 5 stars hands down!!! The staff, reception, hygienist and The Dentist were the best. I would recommend them to anyone and everyone!!!
T L
T L
18:00 18 Oct 19
I don’t write reviews but Kim definitely deserves one. With bad experiences at other places I didn’t go to the dentist for years but Kim reassured me I was in good hands. She was amazing and attentive from beginning to end. Without a doubt the most comfortable I’ve ever been at the dentist. I never thought I’d say this but I can’t wait until the next time I get my teeth cleaned!
MOHSSINE RHAZI
MOHSSINE RHAZI
22:18 07 Oct 19
I would like to extend my deepest thanks and pride for an excellent service I received today from the best staff Dr. Brigitte, Angela, Melissa, and Maria. I would recommend this office and its excellent staff to anyone Looking for an excellent dentist. God bless
Kunzal Ahmed
Kunzal Ahmed
15:28 17 Sep 19
They took care of me like I was their child 😭 Follow and everything! They’re so easy to talk to and theirs no judgment from them whatsoever! I can finally say I have found my dentist ❤️
Angelina Lewis
Angelina Lewis
12:58 17 Sep 19
I am so happy I found URBN Dental. In 27 years I had never been shown the correct way to floss. Crazy, I know! They have an outstanding attention to detail and making sure patients are provided with proper and accurate dental hygiene knowledge. Honestly the best cleaning I’ve ever had!!
Daniela Garza
Daniela Garza
19:33 09 Jul 19
Loved the service and the in-depth personalized advice they give you! The staff is great and very knowledgeable. The location and atmosphere is modern and state of the art! Loved it 👍
Elva Koehn
Elva Koehn
22:11 17 Jun 19
I went in after having procrastinated for years because of my dental phobia. From the moment I walked in to their office, I felt at ease. The dental assistant, hygienist and Dr. Bridget made me feel so at ease and explained everything they were doing, every step of the way. I’ve never had such a great dental experience, as I did today. Highly recommend.
Nijah Watson
Nijah Watson
21:52 31 May 19
Best dentist office visit ever! Not only are the staff charismatic, they are very knowledgeable too. They took the time to go over my X-rays with me and made sure I understood what everything was, down to the payment options. They did not rush my exam at all. There was no wait time from the moment I walked in the door to the moment my exam was completed. The office itself lives up to its name with the urban decor. It is also very clean. I would recommend anyone to come here if you're looking for competent, patient, and kind dentist and staff!
Eduardo Mora
Eduardo Mora
19:53 22 May 19
I went in today and they really made me feel comfortable. The staff was extremely friendly and you can tell they make customer service a priority. They made sure the music playing was to my liking and made sure I was comfortable in my chair. The dentist was very knowledgeable and explained the whole process to me in a way that I can understand. I don't like going to the dentist, I don't know anyone that does, but I am glad I went to URBN Dental and wold recommend it to anyone looking for a dentist.
Hilary Rochelle
Hilary Rochelle
20:52 08 May 19
I’m so impressed with Urban Dental. Went having sever pain. New patient! The staff and dentist were amazing . So warm and caring. I will continue coming here for all dental needs. Completely satisfied in every way .
Ryan Zhen
Ryan Zhen
22:28 07 May 19
Just a few days after a visit with Dr. Bridget and I already feel the positive effects on my dental hygiene. She gave helpful and practical tips to brushing and flossing to make my routine more enjoyable. Everyone at URBN Dental Uptown was attentive and courteous to my needs from handling the insurance/financials to ensuring a pain/mess-free cleaning and filling. Looking forward to returning with improved dental health!
Lemond Deleo
Lemond Deleo
20:08 29 Apr 19
The staff here is extremely friendly and professional. From the very beginning, the staff greeted me with kindness and respect. My paperwork was filled out within 15 minutes and afterwards, the dentist called me back almost immediately. So the wait time for my first appointment was basically non-existent. I’m not sure if it’s normally like this or if it’s just a coincidence. Regardless, it was very nice to see the staff and dentists in perfect sync with servicing the customers as quickly and efficiently as possible. My first appointment here was primarily because I had a painful sensation on the bottom right of my tooth. It turned out to be a cavity as I expected. The dentist explained the procedure for a filling and I agreed to go through with it on my next appointment. Thank you for an honest experience that resulted in me learning what the problem with my tooth was.
Jennifer Bell
Jennifer Bell
19:59 29 Apr 19
Very satisfied with my recent experience at this dentist. As a first time customer, I walked in with low expectations, since I find this mentality to be effective for softening the blow if it turns out to be a disappointing service. Well, it turned out to be above average service from the staff at the front desk and the dentists themselves. They are all very professional and the dentists working here are patient when it comes to answering questions. I felt fully fulfilled after leaving the dental office. I’ll definireky be back.
Julia Bleck
Julia Bleck
14:21 05 Apr 19
I've never been to a more thorough and comprehensive dental appointment as the one at URBN Dental! They went over all of the photos and x-rays with me in detail to help explain all of the issues I had, and it's the first time I fully feel like I understand why I need to floss more consistently. They taught me how to properly floss and brush, and I even got a new electric toothbrush with my appointment. Would definitely recommend.
Rachel Richardson
Rachel Richardson
17:30 26 Mar 19
I was immediately greeted by friendly faces when i came in! Online scheduling and patient paperwork made it so easy to get an appointment with no waiting to go back to the room. Every person of staff from front desk, hygienist to dentist introduced themselves to me and took the time to explain everything they were doing. I’ve never had a dentist actually sit down and explain the biology behind flossing, bone health, nerve health etc. it was great to feel like I was being taken care of by true professionals. They were also very explanatory of exactly what my insurance covered and the cost breakout of all of my services. I would recommend this office to any of my friends and family.
Margarita Muro
Margarita Muro
01:28 21 Feb 19
The URBN Dental office is very beautiful! It is modern with natural wood and emerald green elements. I went in for my regular cleaning and exam after looking up 5+ dental offices in the area. I recently moved to uptown and am extremely happy to have found URBN Dental. The Hygienist, Angela, did not only give my advice in regards to my dental hygiene techniques, she educated me which made me more eager to go home and carry out my new routine. Dr. Bridget was very kind, answered all my questions, and gave me a great referral for my wisdom teeth extractions. I will be returning for all of my preventative and general dental needs!
Trisha Hinojosa
Trisha Hinojosa
18:30 07 Oct 18
Very friendly staff who put up with my inane sense of humor. The entire team team spoke with me 1:1, including: Dental assistants, hygienist, dentist, and insurance admin (explained everything to me in detail including how my insurance works). They explained my x-rays to me, the effects of flossing correctly / incorrectly. I feel like they gave me the education I didn't get as a child on how to care for my mouth, and why it's important. I was doing good stuff for my oral health-- just not correctly or with a positive attitude. GREAT aftercare package.
Ji H Oh
Ji H Oh
15:19 22 Sep 18
I am usually scared of going to the dentist for my annual cleaning but I was completely blown away by the amazing customer service from the staff. Julia was extremely helpful and explained my dental coverage and out of pocket costs. Angela did an exceptional job explaining to me about the importance of dental hygiene and actually taught me how to floss properly. The office was extremely clean and upscale. Dr. Bridget was very sweet and great bedside manners. She explained everything about the treatment plan in a very thorough and concise manner. I was extremely impressed by everyone on the office and I cant wait to come back for my next appointment.
Joshua Parra
Joshua Parra
02:17 14 Sep 18
From start to finish great experience. Impeccably clean office, high tech tools, & friendly staff. Went to get my top teeth contoured/shaped. They did a Hollywood star job! I now, have a flawless smile. I even went back the next day for a touch-up on one tooth & they took care of it, graciously. If you want quality cosmetic dentistry inside the loop; look no further. These folks are the best in class.
Death Morgulis
Death Morgulis
16:23 12 Sep 18
Great place for all your dental needs. Very inviting and friendly staff. They are very knowledgeable and passionate about the work they do. I've been looking for a good dentist for awhile while neglecting my oral health, but now I think I've found my place. 10/10 would come back for a follow-up appointment.
Bianca Anderson
Bianca Anderson
17:05 05 Sep 18
Very friendly staff. The hygienist's were so knowledgeable and really took the time to teach you about your teeth, they gave my husband and I "homework" to improve our oral health. Love it! Angela was great, great sense of humor (made me laugh a lot) and very professional. Awesome job Nicole, very friendly and took the time to answer all the questions we had (love she was recommending eateries for hubby to take me :). Julia was great at the front counter very lively and knowledgeable as well. They all really took the time and customized everything for us. Able to get free electric toothbrushes but didn't have any in stock.
Michelle Campbell
Michelle Campbell
19:53 20 Jun 18
Excellent service. Great first impression! Best cleaning I've had in several years, my mouth feels amazing. They even took the time to show me how to brush more effectively. My teeth are back to being pearly white. They were very knowledgeable in regards to my insurance and I've had no issues. The service there is impeccable!
Allie Hackett
Allie Hackett
18:47 19 Jun 18
I am not the biggest fan of the dentist, however this was the BEST dentist experience I have ever had! Everyone was so kind and I got everything I needed done in one visit! They provided super helpful insight about what was going on with my teeth and took care of everything I needed quickly. I will absolutely be returning! 🙂
Andrea Andrea
Andrea Andrea
17:15 20 May 18
Love the location, the dentist AND the staff. Everyone there is awesome. It's rare that I leave a dentist office feeling just as good as when I arrive. I was sad I didn't get to see Snickers, but all in all I had a great experience my first time here. Glad to finally have a new "home" dentist since moving to Texas.
Andrew Nguyen
Andrew Nguyen
14:17 10 May 18
Beautiful location and office. Very friendly and welcoming staff! I had a great time conversing with them about movies and music. Dr. Nguyen and his staff were very knowledgeable and stressed the importance of making sure the patient knew what their game plan was. The office is very high tech as well so it was super cool to know that I was getting the latest tech being use on me.
Nonna Beetge
Nonna Beetge
14:21 24 Apr 18
The staff is wonderful, very friendly and informative. I love how they not only take X-rays, but also photos of all your teeth and put them on the big screen. They spent as much time as I needed to go over each area and explain specifics of each tooth. I definitely have a greater understanding of what is going on in there and what I need to do. I also love their space, it has a calming vibe with all kinds of artwork on display. You almost feel like you’re not at the dentist! Thank you all so much, I look forward to seeing you all again! (Said no one to their dentist 😉 )
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I can honestly say I had the best experience at URBN Dental. I am new in town and had a emergency. The staff was able to get me in asap and took very good care of me. Everyone worked as a team to ensure that all my needs were meet. I felt important! I was treated as if I was the only patient in the office. I found my Dental home!

The staff here is extremely friendly and professional. From the very beginning, the staff greeted me with kindness and respect. My paperwork was filled out within 15 minutes and afterwards, the dentist called me back almost immediately.

Very knowledgeable and informative, explaining all your x-ray and imagery and in creating a course of treatment. The staff is friendly and definitely concerned with their patients. Comfortable environment.

I am not the biggest fan of the dentist, however this was the BEST dentist experience I have ever had! Everyone was so kind and I got everything I needed done in one visit!

Excellent service. Great first impression! Best cleaning I’ve had in several years, my mouth feels amazing. They even took the time to show me how to brush more effectively. My teeth are back to being pearly white.

They were very prompt and professional. I felt very comfortable in the visit. They have good exam specials without any hidden fees. I have found me a permanent dentist office. Thanks URBN staff.

URBN Dental provided great service and they were all so nice. They did a great job communicating with me and i would recommend to all.

I had a root canal and a crown done here, the entire process took about an hour. Will be back in 2 weeks for my final crown! Great doctor, great staff.


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