We have all heard the phrase “the eyes are the window to the soul.” This is also true of the mouth, which is a window into the state of your overall health.
During a routine visit to our Fox Lake, IL dentist office, Dr. Thomas Prendergast performs a thorough dental exam which includes screening for a variety of dental concerns and the signs of overall health issues. Most patients are unaware that while Dr. Prendergast and his staff spend a few brief moments inspecting the teeth and gums, they are looking for the signs of change on tooth surfaces and in the soft tissues of the mouth which can indicate early decay or disease.
There are a range of both dental and overall health concerns that provide early oral signs. When you visit with Dr. Prendergast regularly, we can monitor your oral health more efficiently and spot these early warning signs before more complex problems develop.
Oral cancer is one of the most common health concerns that we look for during routine exams and an important reason to come in twice a year to our Fox Lake, IL office. Dr. Prendergast can spot the common signs of oral cancer and enable you to seek early treatment for this often deadly disease. Oral cancer has a high survival rate when treated early.
Common Signs Of Oral Cancer
- Red or white spots in the throat or on the tongue
- Persistent sore throat or feeling of something stuck in the throat
- Difficulty swallowing
- Lump in the neck area
An oral cancer screening is quick and painless, in fact many patients do not realize they have been screened during their dental exam.
Get Screened for Oral Cancer in Fox Lake, IL
If you have not been to the dentist for some time or have recent concerns about oral cancer, schedule a visit with Dr. Prendergast and get screened for oral cancer while restoring your dental health. It could save your life!