We support beautiful smiles and a healthy “you” with proactive oral cancer screenings and guidance

The Canadian Cancer Society reports that 7,500 of our fellow Canadians were diagnosed with head and neck cancers in 2022, and 2,100 Canadians succumbed to these cancers. Of these cancers, oral cancer refers to cancerous lesions of the oral cavity (mouth). It can affect everything from the tongue and roof and the floor of the mouth to the lips, gums, and tonsils. Like other cancers, early detection is associated with effective treatment and high survival rates. In addition to being on the front lines of accurate screening of pre-cancers and early-stage cancers, Gloucester Family Dentistry partners with individuals from across greater Ottawa, Ontario, to minimize the risk of developing malignant tumours in the first place.

Proactive care for sustained health

Recall visits to our office in Gloucester are generally scheduled every six months. If you or a family member are at increased risk of developing these cancers, we will want to see you more frequently. As true oral health partners, our team, led by Drs Fuad Tanha and Sami Kandalaft, works with patients to identify and address potential risk factors. These risks include:

Doctor is Checking Patient's Mouth
  • Smoking and vaping
  • Use of any products that contain tobacco
  • Chronic or heavy consumption of alcohol
  • Sun exposure (for lip cancers)
  • Diets that lack antioxidant-rich veggies and fruit
  • Inconsistent or otherwise lacking oral hygiene and oral health behaviours

During recall appointments, our dentists are partly screening for potential trouble signs. They will inspect visually and by touch for strange lumps, swelling, discoloration, facial drooping and lopsidedness, and other characteristics that might warrant further investigation. Our practice has also invested in cutting-edge diagnostics, which can pinpoint areas and symptoms that are not visible with the unassisted eye. Additionally, it is essential to mention any functional or visual changes to your mouth to our team as soon as possible. Changes such as sores that refuse to heal, a frequent sore throat, persistent hoarseness and a feeling of something “stuck” in your throat should all be discussed with your doctor sooner rather than later.

Do not ignore concerning changes. Oral cancer is highly treatable when identified and addressed before it has spread to other parts of the face and body. Contact Gloucester Family Dentistry without delay to schedule your appointment. Our office in Ottawa, ON, can be reached at (613) 319-0845.