Oral Cancer Exams in Valparaiso and St. John, Indiana

We perform oral cancer exams at every dental checkup and cleaning here at Creating Smiles, PC. This involves examining your mouth, lips, gums, oral cavity, and throat for any abnormalities including lesions, tumors, and bleeding. Oral and throat cancers can be treated effectively if they are diagnosed early, but at a more advanced stage, these cancers have a much lower rate of survival. Individuals who smoke, dip, and chew tobacco or consume alcohol excessively are about 50% more likely to develop oral cancer than those who don’t.

Schedule your next oral cancer exam today!

Or call our St. John office at (219) 322-9920
or our Valpo office at (219) 462-1970

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Common Signs of Oral Cancer

In addition to seeing us for routine checkups, it’s also important to consider how you feel day to day and to act quickly if you notice that something isn’t right. Ignoring a problem or choosing to live with it can result in bigger and more costly health problems.

If you have any of the following issues, contact us immediately.

  • Persistent oral pain
  • Bleeding in the mouth
  • A lump in the mouth
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Difficulty swallowing/pain while swallowing
  • Soreness of the throat
  • Ear pain
  • A sore in your mouth or on your lip that isn’t healing
  • Red and/or white patches inside your mouth

It’s understandable that you might feel nervous about having an oral cancer screening if you’re currently experiencing any of the irregularities listed above. While these signs are common with oral cancer, it’s just as possible that they are the result of something else. Dr. Kapers and his team are here to answer all your questions, discuss your treatment options, and help you feel at ease as much as possible.

Or call our St. John office at (219) 322-9920
or our Valpo office at (219) 462-1970