Oral Cancer Screenings

Every year, over 53,000 Americans are diagnosed with oral cancer. Fortunately, when diagnosed early, oral cancers are usually treated easily. At Creating Smiles Dental in St. Petersburg and Clearwater, Florida, Cindy Brayer DMD, PA, Phong Phane, DMD, and their team provide oral cancer screenings to help you monitor and protect your oral health. Call Creating Smiles Dental today, or request an appointment online for a comprehensive dental exam, including an oral cancer screening.

Oral Cancer Screening - St. Petersburg & Clearwater FL

Oral Cancer Screenings Q&A

What is oral cancer?

Oral cancer occurs when abnormal cells multiply rapidly on your tongue, gums, tonsils, or other soft tissue in your mouth. When one of the dentists at Creating Smiles Dental diagnoses oral cancer in its early stages, you can get treatment quickly to destroy and remove all the abnormal cells. However, when left untreated, oral cancer can spread — metastasize — to other parts of your body.

Your genetics contribute to your risk of developing oral cancer. However, lifestyle choices like smoking, using chewing tobacco, and excessive alcohol consumption also increase your chances of developing oral cancer. Additionally, you can also contract human papillomavirus in your mouth, which can also contribute to oral cancer.

What are the signs of oral cancer?

Oral cancer can cause a variety of symptoms. For example, some of the warning signs of oral cancer include:

  • Lumps or bumps on the soft tissue in your mouth
  • Rough patches or sores in your mouth that don’t heal
  • Unexplained bleeding in your mouth
  • Numbness, pain, or tenderness in your mouth, face, or neck
  • Sore throat and hoarseness
  • Ear pain
  • Trouble chewing or swallowing

You might not notice any symptoms at all. The team at Creating Smiles Dental provides oral cancer screening during your routine dental exam to look for signs of abnormal tissue, even if you don’t notice any symptoms.

What happens during an oral cancer screening?

During an oral cancer screening, your dentist carefully examines the soft tissue in your mouth and throat. They look for sores, lumps, and other patches of abnormal tissue. Your dentist also asks about your lifestyle, including your alcohol and tobacco use. 

Your dentist might offer information about the effects of using alcohol and tobacco on your oral health, including their contribution to your risk of oral cancer. They provide support and advice to help you eliminate risk factors and reduce your risk of oral cancer.

If your dentist finds abnormal tissue in your mouth, they will refer you to an oral surgeon who may take a biopsy.

We will take photos to document, and will educate the specialist we refer you to. We will be sure to answer any of your questions regarding that your appointment with the oral surgeon might look like so you can know what to expect.

Our Locations

Serving the communities of St. Petersburg and Clearwater, Florida, we have two conveniently located offices! Contact us to make your appointment at either of our two locations.

Creating Smiles Dental, St. Petersburg, FL

Phone: 727-323-0377

Address: 3388 49th St N, St. PetersburgFL 33710

Creating Smiles Dental, Clearwater, FL

Phone: 727-791-8823

Address: 1831 N Belcher Rd, Suite F-3, ClearwaterFL 33765

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Contact either of our offices for more information!

Real Patient Reviews

“Dr Brayer and her staff are the best in the Bay. Scratch that, Best in the world, seriously too! Most gentle hands, like a magician. Fillings, crowns, the whole nine yards, they are perfect! If you’re looking for a Dentist, google one. If you’re looking for a family to be there for you, ones with compassion, empathy and professionalism, Creating Smiles in Clearwater is who you’re looking for. Call Dana and she’ll welcome you warmly. Stella and Jess are the best there too. Sorry to sound like a Love Fest review, but that’s how you feel when you’re with them. 10 Thumbs up and 5 Stars for Creating Smiles!” – James Rietz