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Oral Pathology Exam - Attleboro Falls, MA

Never Ignore Warning Signs

Stay on Top of Your Health

An estimated 50,000 Americans are diagnosed with oral cancer each year, and 20 percent of them die annually. By having ongoing oral pathology exams, you can minimize your chances of becoming one of those statistics. If you’ve had both sides of your tongue examined during a regular checkup you’ve had an oral pathology exam. “Pathology” simply means an unusual growth or mass somewhere on your face, head, or neck. These are often nothing to be concerned about—a benign mole or something similar. In all instances, they should be examined to confirm that they aren’t anything that requires oral surgery or serious medical attention.

If you need an oral pathology exam in Attleboro Falls, MA, come to PremierOne Implant Centers. This exam is brief and completely pain-free. As an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, our own Dr. Mark Schenkman has years of specialized training beyond dental school in oral surgery and medicine. He has the expertise to determine if you need a biopsy. Should he find anything unusual, he can remove it using minimally invasive laser technology. No scalpel needed. He’ll then send the removed flesh or growth out to a lab for testing to determine its nature. Should they find evidence of a serious condition, he’ll refer you to the appropriate medical professional for additional treatment.

Warning Signs of Oral Health Issues

  • Unexplained lumps or masses
  • Red or white patches
  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing
  • Sores that will not heal or that bleed easily
  • Persistent sore throat or hoarseness
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Contributing Factors

Some oral health conditions are due to hereditary factors. Twice as many men suffer from oral cancer as women, for example. Personal habits can also have an impact on your health. To avoid oral cancer and other conditions—or to reduce your chances of developing them—consider limiting some habits and expanding others. Avoid alcohol and all forms of tobacco, if possible. These are major contributors to oral cancer. Eat a diet rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, including as many fresh fruits and vegetables as you can. On top of this, be sure to have regular dental exams and professional teeth cleanings. These can help you prevent some conditions and provide early detection for other more serious ones.

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Prevention Is the Best Cure

Don’t let small issues become major problems.