Cosmetic dentistry

Did you know that an estimated 10,000 Americans will die of oral cancer in 2018? Although oral cancer is something we don’t often hear about it is still a very serious matter. In 2018 alone, approximately 51,540 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cavity or oropharyngeal cancer. Receiving an early diagnosis and beginning treatment during early stages can greatly improve a patient’s chances of survival over time. At Anding Family Dental we recommend that our patients receive an oral cancer screening in Omaha at least twice a year. Interested in scheduling your first oral cancer screening with Anding Family Dental? Contact us today. We’d be happy to get you on to our schedule!

Oral Cancer Symptoms

When it comes to oral cancer, there are some common symptoms patients notice, however not all patients experience symptoms:

  • Ear Pain
  • Mouth Pain
  • Facial Pain
  • Painful Swallowing
  • Ulcers
  • Chronic Bad Breath
  • Red Plaques
  • White Plaques
  • Chronic Cough
  • Chronic Sore Throat
  • Swollen Neck Lymph Nodes

Oral Cancer Risk Factors

There are various factors that can increase your risk of oral cancer. Some are modifiable while others are not. These risk factors include:

  • Tobacco Use
  • Alcohol Use
  • Genetics
  • HPV
  • Immunocompetence
  • Sun Exposure
  • Age
  • Diet
  • Oral Hygiene

About Our Omaha Oral Cancer Screenings

During your oral cancer screening in Omaha, NE at Anding Family Dental your dentist will perform both a visual and physical examination. During the visual examination, your dentist will check for any visible signs of risk factors such as red/white bumps, rough patches or even the position of your teeth. During the physical examination, your dentist will wear gloves to feel the inside of your mouth, cheeks, lips and even around the face to check for any unusual spots within the tissue.

In the event any issues are noticed, we will refer you to an oral cancer specialist for further testing, diagnosis, and treatment.

Schedule Your Oral Cancer Screening in Omaha Today

Ready to schedule your oral cancer screening in Omaha, NE? Contact Anding Family Dental, we are always accepting new patients and would be more than happy to examine you for oral cancer risk factors.

Dr. Michelle Chang

DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery)

Dr. Michelle Chang is a native of Honolulu, Hawaii! Graduating from Creighton School of Dentistry in 1997, she has found her home in Omaha, Nebraska. Dr. Chang and husband Galen combined their talents in 2003 to open their practice, Anding Family Dental, here in Omaha, Nebraska. They have been in practice for over ten years this last September. They truly enjoy creating an environment where all involved, patients and employees alike, can prosper.