During a comprehensive examination, the dentist will conduct a thorough screening for oral cancer. Initially, the dentist will carefully examine the patient’s medical and dental records, inquiring about any changes to their overall health or oral well-being. Subsequently, the dentist will meticulously inspect the oral cavity, as well as the head and neck regions, for any indications or symptoms that could suggest an underlying issue. These signs or symptoms include non-healing mouth ulcers or sores, the presence of abnormal lumps, red or white patches, persistent unexplained swelling, pain while swallowing, discomfort in the tongue, recurring ear or neck pain, a persistent sensation of something stuck in the throat, tenderness or numbness in the mouth or lips, loose teeth, and jaw pain or stiffness. If the dentist identifies any suspicious lesions, tissue abnormalities, or unusual symptoms, further evaluation and investigation will be conducted.
The indicators and manifestations of gum disease- Could you elaborate on that?
Not all cases of periodontal disease cause pain, which means that individuals affected by this condition may not be aware of its presence. However, it is important to realize that this condition not only harms oral health but also has connections to broader systemic issues. Being familiar with the following signs and symptoms of gum disease is crucial:
1. Swollen and reddened gums
2. Bleeding during brushing or flossing
3. Gums receding and exposing the roots of teeth
4. Sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
5. Unpleasant breath or taste in the mouth
6. Teeth feeling loose
7. Formation of new gaps between teeth or changes in bite
8. Altered fit of existing partial dentures
9. Discharge around gums and teeth
10. Sharp or mild discomfort when biting down or chewing food.
It is essential to be vigilant about these indications to protect your oral health and identify any potential issues.