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Shining a Light on Oral Cancer Awareness

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April 24, 2023

Shining a Light on Oral Cancer Awareness

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month and an excellent time to learn more about this serious and potentially life-threatening disease. As one of the ten most commonly occurring cancers across the globe, hundreds of thousands of cases of oral or oropharyngeal cancers will get diagnosed this year. Yet, despite these statistics, there is good news. Prevention and early detection, and care can go a long way to minimize risks and achieve favorable treatment outcomes.

What your smile can reveal

At the office of Above & Beyond Dentistry & Implants, we provide skilled, compassionate, and experienced care to support healthy smiles and overall well-being. As part of your checkup visit, we perform a thorough oral cancer screening to check for any suspicious lesions, signs, or symptoms that might indicate the presence of disease. Remember, a checkup visit offers more than an opportunity to assess your smile. It also allows us to look for evidence of other conditions that can severely affect your health. 

The signs and symptoms of oral cancer

One thing to keep in mind is that the signs and symptoms of oral cancer can mimic innocent lesions that can go away on their own. 

With that said, if you notice any of the following, it’s essential to make an appointment for a timely evaluation and care: 

  • Mouth sores or ulcers that don’t seem to heal
  • Red or white patches
  • Unusual lumps or thickened areas
  • Persistent swelling of unknown origin
  • Pain when swallowing
  • A painful tongue
  • Constantly feeling like something is stuck in your throat
  • Tenderness or numbness in the mouth or lips
  • Loose Teeth
  • Jaw pain or stiffness 

Although the number of annual cases of oral and oropharyngeal cancers remains high, significant advancements have been made in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of the disease. Early detection and care lead to good outcomes for most people. 

Leading technology and advanced care

At the office of Above & Beyond Dentistry & Implants, we maintain a position at the forefront of advances in technology to support better health. As part of an oral cancer screening, we use VELscope®. This innovative handheld device illuminates the intraoral tissues with a safe and harmless frequency of light to identify tissue changes and pre-malignant dysplasia that might not otherwise get detected.

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What Our Patients Are Saying

Above & Beyond Dentistry & Implants | Veneers, Full Mouth Reconstruction and Extractions

Noelle H.

Highly recommend Above and Beyond! Dr Low, Jessi, Lisa/front office are an amazing team, dedicated to taking great care of their patients. Clearly a quality patient centric practice you can have confidence in!

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Matt W.

Going to the dentist is rarely something you look forward to, however Dr. Low and his team do a fantastic job of making sure it's not something you have to dread. Over five years of service, I've received root canals, fillings, crowns, deep root scaling - you name it; and not only has all of the work held strong, the experience was the best I've had anywhere. The staff treats you like family, and they're always friendly, personable, and concerned for your comfort. Hard to imagine there's anywhere better in Clark County

Above & Beyond Dentistry & Implants | Veneers, Full Mouth Reconstruction and Extractions

Katelynn F.

I've being going to Above & Beyond for many years now and continue to get amazing service. The recepetionists, hygienists, and Dr. Low are professional and very friendly. They explain questions or concerns thoroughly and I have never felt pressured when making decisions.

Above & Beyond Dentistry & Implants | Veneers, Full Mouth Reconstruction and Extractions

Emily S.

Amazing team who really keep my personal goals of quality care in prolonging the life of my teeth and setting attainable goals to get them back to great health. They paid close attention to my hopes of keeping it affordable since I’m a single mom of one, my teeth have been the last of my priorities for the last three years due to finances. Thank you Above & Beyond Dentistry & Implants! Looking forward to a life long relationship with you all.

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Jo Ann P.

Dr. Low and his staff care about their patients and make you feel comfortable during your time with them. They make your dental experience as painless as possible.

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