Oral Pathology

Cancer Screenings Save Lives!Dental patient having an oral cancer screening

Diagnosing precancerous and abnormal oral tissues early is extremely important. Why? Because oral cancer is an extremely dangerous condition that has a very high mortality rate. Early diagnosis is key to effective treatment. Most people never know they have oral cancer until it is too late.

Risk factors for oral cancer include everything from sun exposure to viruses to tobacco use – it can affect just about anyone!

An oral cancer screening is part of each dental exam at Vanguard Dental Solutions. During this screening, our Alexandria dentists look for areas with:

  • Sores that do not heal
  • Tissues that are different in color from those around them
  • Raised white, red, or patchy lesions
  • Knots, lumps and nodules

Should Dr. Rahman or Dr. Stasiewicz identify a suspicious or precancerous lesion, we will typically recommend a biopsy of the tissue and a follow-up visit to monitor your progress.

If you’ve never had an oral cancer screening or are concerned about an abnormal area of tissue inside of your mouth, call Vanguard Dental Solutions today to schedule a comprehensive exam. You owe it to your family and to yourself! To save time, you can print and fill out the new patient forms here before coming in.

If you are suffering from tooth aches and sensitivity, you may have a severely decayed tooth that needs to be extracted. Make an appointment today for a dental exam and trust us to take care of your oral health.