Oral Cancer Screening

Oral Cancer Screening

You don’t have to drink or smoke cigarettes to develop oral cancer. In fact, even some viruses are now known to cause the deadly disease. Because of this, Cherokee Smiles performs thorough oral cancer screenings on every patient as part of our family dental care services.

During your screening, we check for disease or precancerous tissues like:

  • Sores that have not healed within two weeks
  • Red or white lesions
  • Irregular tissue appearances
  • Raised, firm or pitted areas in the soft tissues

The earlier oral cancer can be diagnosed, the better the treatment outcome will be. Unfortunately, most people wait until it is too late before they ask their dentist to check an area of concern. It’s best to have an oral cancer exam twice a year at your preventive dental care appointments to avoid undiagnosed oral cancers.

Our dentists have advanced training and experience in the evaluation of oral tissues and pathology screening. We can tell you when something is normal, what might be causing it or if it causes for alarm.

Mouth Cancer Tests

Cherokee Smiles uses VELscope technology to screen for tissue abnormalities that cannot be seen with the naked eye. The non-invasive tool helps identify areas that may not be visible. The entire screening usually takes only a couple of minutes. If abnormal tissues are found, we will perform a small brush biopsy to determine what the next step should be. When cellular changes are caught earlier, treatments can be less invasive and more effective. Waiting too long to have something checked could jeopardize your oral health...and worse, your life. 


Major Insurance Providers Accepted

Cherokee Smiles is happy to help arrange payment of benefits through your dental insurance carrier as we work with most insurance companies. Even if we are not a part of your insurance network it still may be possible for you and your family to receive coverage for dental treatment. To find out more, contact one of our financial coordinators by calling us.

Delta Dental
MetLife Dental
United Concordia Dental
Cherokee Smiles Dental
6572 GA-92 #120
Acworth, GA 30102
Phone: 770-954-8697
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Alan Horlick, DDS
6572 GA-92 #120
Acworth, GA 30102