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Oral Cancer Screening And Biopsy

Early detection can be a game-changer when it comes to managing serious medical conditions. Regular checkups and proactive monitoring of your oral and overall health are essential steps toward this goal.

At Optimum Oral Surgery & Dental Implants, we advocate for annual oral cancer screenings, believing it’s a practice that everyone should adopt. These screenings can potentially uncover concerns that require further investigation through a biopsy, with the aim of identifying and managing any issues as early as possible.

Why Screenings Matter

The importance of oral cancer screenings cannot be overstated. Many factors, including genetics, family history, and lifestyle choices such as tobacco or alcohol use, can contribute to oral cancer risk. While it’s beneficial to be aware of common indicators like white or red patches in the mouth, chronic sore throats, mouth lumps, slow-healing wounds, and swallowing difficulties, self-diagnosis is insufficient. Only through an oral cancer screening or biopsy can you obtain a definitive diagnosis.

The Screening Process

During an oral cancer screening, our expert team visually examines the mouth, tongue, and lips. If any suspicious areas are identified, we may use a special dye to enhance our evaluation. Should any abnormalities be detected, a biopsy may be recommended. This minimally invasive procedure involves taking a small tissue sample from the area in question for laboratory analysis. Early detection is key, and we encourage individuals to seek screenings promptly.

Oral cancer can affect anyone, but certain factors can increase the likelihood of its development. It’s important to be aware of these risk factors to take proactive steps in reducing your chances of oral cancer. At Optimum Oral Surgery & Dental Implants, we believe that education and prevention are key to maintaining your oral health.

Risk Factors For Oral Cancer

  1. Tobacco Use: Smoking and the use of smokeless tobacco products significantly raise the risk of oral cancer. These substances introduce harmful chemicals into your mouth, increasing the likelihood of cell mutations.
  2. Excessive Alcohol Consumption: Drinking alcohol in excess can also elevate the risk of oral cancer. The combination of alcohol and tobacco use can be particularly dangerous.
  3. Human Papillomavirus (HPV): Certain strains of HPV are associated with a higher risk of oral cancer. HPV-related oral cancers are becoming more prevalent, especially among younger individuals.
  4. Sun Exposure: Prolonged exposure to the sun can increase the risk of lip cancer. It’s essential to protect your lips from UV radiation, especially if you spend significant time outdoors.
  5. Poor Diet: A diet lacking in fruits and vegetables, which are rich in antioxidants and essential nutrients, can contribute to the risk of oral cancer.
  6. Age: Oral cancer risk increases with age, with most cases occurring in individuals over 45 years old.
  7. Gender: Men are at a higher risk of developing oral cancer than women, although this gap is narrowing.
  8. Genetics: A family history of oral cancer or a personal history of cancer in the head and neck region can increase the risk.
  9. Poor Oral Hygiene: Neglecting oral hygiene can lead to issues that may contribute to oral cancer risk, such as chronic inflammation or gum disease.
  10. Nutritional Deficiencies: A diet lacking in essential vitamins and minerals can weaken the immune system, potentially making the body more susceptible to oral cancer.


It’s important to remember that the presence of one or more risk factors doesn’t guarantee the development of oral cancer. Many cases occur in individuals with no identifiable risk factors. However, being aware of these factors and taking preventive measures, such as quitting smoking, reducing alcohol consumption, practicing sun protection, and maintaining a balanced diet, can significantly reduce your risk of oral cancer.

At Optimum Oral Surgery & Dental Implants, we emphasize the importance of regular screenings and early detection, especially if you have one or more risk factors. By staying informed and taking proactive steps, you can better protect your oral health.

Compassionate Support

We understand the anxiety that can accompany an oral cancer screening and biopsy. At Optimum Oral Surgery & Dental Implants, we prioritize your comfort and well-being. Our team keeps you informed throughout the process, from screening to biopsy and diagnosis. If oral cancer is confirmed, rest assured that we’ll stand by your side to explore suitable solutions. This may involve tumor removal at our facility or assisting you in finding treatment centers for advanced cases.

If you suspect oral cancer, for yourself or a loved one, don’t hesitate to contact Optimum Oral Surgery & Dental Implants. We’re here to provide immediate assistance, answer your questions, and schedule an appointment. Early detection can make a significant difference in the prognosis and treatment options, and we’re committed to supporting your journey toward better oral health. Reach us at (856) 778-8686 today. Your well-being is our top priority.

Meet Our Oral Surgeons

Dr. Chad Rebhun

Dr. Rebhun is a certified diplomat by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He practices the full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery, including dentoalveolar and wisdom tooth surgery, sedation, general anesthesia, and oral reconstruction with dental implants.

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