DENTIST - TWIN FALLS, ID

Oral Cancer

Early detection is the key to successful treatment of oral cancers, so the dentist is the first line of defense. Ask her/him about oral cancer screening at your next regular visit.

What is oral cancer?

Oral cancer is a common cancer which has a high mortality rate if it is not caught in the early stages. Early detection is key, so regular dental visits are very important. It affects all parts of the mouth, tongue and lips.

What are the signs of oral cancer?

The following are signs of oral cancerMake an appointment immediately for a thorough examination if you suspect a problem:

  • Small, white or red spot or sore anywhere in the mouth, including the tongue, lip, gum tissue, cheek lining, the hard or soft palate or other mouth area.
  • Often pale, but can be dark or discolored
  • A deep, hard edged crack
  • Often initially painless
  • Could eventually cause a burning sensation or pain
  • A sore or lesion that bleeds easily or does not heal in two weeks
  • Any part of the mouth that changes in color
  • A lump, thickening, rough spot, crust or small eroded area
  • Pain, tenderness, or numbness anywhere in the mouth or on the lips or tongue
  • Difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking or moving the jaw or tongue
  • A change in the way the teeth fit together or the fit of your dentures
  • A sore throat or a feeling like something is stuck in the throat

How can the dentist help?

The dentist is the first line of defense because regular dental visits are an opportunity to thoroughly examine your mouth. Not only are regular dental visits part of the good oral hygiene that reduces the risk of oral cancers, but dentists are often the ones who detect oral cancers first. Ask the dentist to discuss oral cancer screening with you at your next visit.

What can I do to reduce the risk of oral cancer?

Tobacco use is, by far, the biggest cause of oral cancers. All the following may help reduce your likelihood of oral cancers:

  • Quitting or reducing smoking and smokeless tobacco use
  • Quitting or reducing alcohol consumption
  • Practicing good oral hygiene
  • Regular dental examinations
  • Yearly cancer screenings for soft tissue in mouth

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sandy shafer
sandy shafer
Professional and very friendly group! Excellent experience and Dr Lyman didn’t want to do unnecessary procedures!! My last dentist ALWAYS wanted to do $3000-$5000 work on me and my husband.
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Sep 13, 2021
Hollie Ann Pember
Hollie Ann Pember
I had a problem with work that was performed by another dentist. I was hurting, scared and anxious. Dr. Lyman and his staff worked me in quickly and were supportive of my physical (and unfortunately emotional) needs at the time. Dr. Lyman explained that the work I had with the other dentist wasn't the problem, even complimented the other dentist's work. He then showed me what needed to be done and got me set up with a specialist to get taken care of. I couldn't be more grateful for he and his staff.
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Apr 14, 2021
chris Jensen
chris Jensen
Green Acres family dentist Has always gotten me in, in a timely manner. They've Worked kindly to accept my ability to pay my bill. Once I had to cancel at the last minute and they were very understanding. The girls at the front desk are super helpful and treat me with a genuine care. I REFERRED my oldest son there, and years later he's still with them.
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Dec 07, 2020
Toni Hendrickson
Toni Hendrickson
Dr. Lyman and his staff are very kind and friendly. It’s easy to feel comfortable and at home in their office. Several hygentists work there. Every single one has been thorough and gentle. Dr. Lyman has done a good job on every procedure he has performed on my teeth I highly recommend these people and this office.
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Caylie Wickham
Caylie Wickham
Going to the dentist is never fun, but they make it SO easy, painless, and fast! I will never go anywhere else!
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