Oral Cancer Screening

Dental Services

Thank you all for your great service, kind care, and sweet attitudes. I love being your patient, blessings!

P.K.

My family and I have been a client of Dr. Steven Leach for 13 years. He has been a very positive influence concerning oral health. After consulting with Dr. Leach concerning a very crooked front tooth, he advised me and we came to the conclusion that we need to crown the teeth. His staff was encouraging, very kind and helpful with the decisions that needed to be made. Dr. Leach took great care to make sure that everything went according to plan. When it was time to fit the new teeth he was meticulous and the outcome was beyond my wildest hopes. For the first time I had a smile that I could really be proud of. Dr. Leach’s expertise, his excellent staff, and the lab made what could have been a harrowing experience a very enjoyable one.
Thank you Dr. Leach, “She said with a smile”!

K.H.

Thank you for everything leading up to and the day of my visit for Bioclear. I’m so happy with the results from the procedure and I appreciate all of the information everyone provided during the process. Thanks so much to you, Dr. Leach, for investing your time and talents in making this procedure available in our state. I’m very grateful for all of the kindness and care everyone gave to me. The office visits, phone conversations, and really all of my interactions with your office were very positive and put me at ease. Thank you so much for all that you all do!

Traci S.

Wow, my dental appointments were actually looked at as a pleasant experience, since Dr. Leach and his staff are so capable and sincere – and there was no discomfort as one usually expects.

C.R.

Dr. Leach did a magnificent job on my teeth. He did some bonding to fill in some spaces and my teeth look just perfect. I am completely happy with the great job he did! He also did the work with no discomfort whatsoever and without even numbing. I was very comfortable the whole time.

J.M.

Dear Dr. Leach,  I just wanted to tell you thank you for my beautiful veneers! I love them and get compliments on them all the time. Thank you again!

Katie W.

Oral cancer can be life threatening. It’s not as widely known as many other cancers, but in the US alone, on average, a person dies from oral cancer every hour of every day. While this is a realatively small percentage of overall cancer fatalities, Oral cancer is dangerous because it generally goes undected until it’s reached an advanced stage.Five year survival rates for advanced oral cancers are about 60%.

The good news is that a simple test can help detect oral cancer in its early stages. And that test is performed at Steven Leach Dental. With early detection survival rates increase to 80%. So, this test can be a literal life saver.

The best news is that this fast, painless examination is part of your regular office checkup. Dr Leach will perform a non-invasive visual and tactile (feel) assessment of your lips, tongue and the inside of your mouth. He’ll check for red or white patches, unusual sores, lumps, or swelling. A special light, dye, or other procedure may also be used to check suspect areas. If anything appears to be out of the ordinary, Dr Leach may perform a biopsy to extract tissue for analysis at the lab.

Oral Cancer Screenings can save your life

Who’s At Risk for Developing Oral Cancer?

Who is at risk? Most people assume that oral cancers are diseases that strike older adults. While the risk is generally greater for patients over 40, younger people are the fastest growing segment of oral cancer patients, mailny due to the spread of the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV16).

Other risk factors include:

  • Heavy alcohol use
  • Tobacco use
  • Chronic exposure to the sun (which can cause cancer of the lips)
  • Certain genetic factors

Detecting Oral Cancer

Any abnormal sores or color changes in the tissue of your mouth, lips or tongue may be a sign of oral cancer. While most of these symptoms are completely benign, sores or unusual changes that haven’t healed after 2-3 weeks should be examined. Remember, the only way to accurately diagnose oral cancer is through a laboratory report. Early detection, aided by regular screenings at Steven Leach Dental, is one of the best defenses against oral cancer.