Oral Healthcare

The Bastida Dental Group

Dentists located in Elmhurst, New York, NY

Oral pathology is a key component of the dental care at The Bastida Dental Group in the Elmhurst neighborhood of Queens, New York City. Helped by a warm, friendly staff, Dr. Ismael Bastida, DDS, and Dr. Jason Bastida, DDS, perform comprehensive screenings for a variety of diseases of the mouth, including cysts, tumors, and oral cancer. Maintaining regular visits for screenings helps you stay ahead of oral healthcare problems and detect them early on when treatment is more effective. To set up your next visit and get an oral pathology screening, call or schedule online today.

Oral Healthcare Q & A

What are oral pathology screenings?

Oral pathology refers to the branch of dentistry focused on the prevention, causes, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases that form and take shape in your mouth. The team at The Bastida Dental Group provides regular oral pathology screenings to check for different oral health issues, including:

  • Cysts
  • Tumors
  • Precancerous growths
  • Cancerous growths

Even if you’re young or a teen, it’s possible to get certain forms of oral cancer, no matter how well you take care of your teeth. That’s why regular screenings are so important.

By detecting oral health issues early with regular screenings, you can catch problems before they advance and put you at risk. If you notice symptoms — such as lumps or sores inside your mouth, or a sore throat that persists — you may want to consider an oral pathology screening.

How do oral pathology screenings work?

During an oral cancer screening exam, your Bastida Dental Group dentist looks and assesses the inside of your mouth to look for abnormalities, such as lumps, red patches, white patches, or mouth sores. They wear gloves and feel around the tissues surrounding your teeth and on the inside of your cheeks to spot signs of trouble.

If you wear any removable appliances, such as full or partial dentures, you have to remove them so your dentist can evaluate the tissue beneath the appliance.

In some cases, your dentist may opt for more specialized tests besides an oral exam to further examine you. Depending on what they find, they may recommend a biopsy — a test which involves extracting a sample of cells. This is the only way to conclusively diagnose oral cancer.

How can I maintain good oral healthcare?

The best way to maintain good oral health care is to be diligent about your oral hygiene. Make sure to brush and floss daily, eat a balanced diet, and keep up with your regular appointments at The Bastida Dental Group for check-ups and oral pathology screenings. This helps you stay on top of any oral health problems.

Also, two of the biggest risk factors for several forms of oral cancer are excessive tobacco use and alcohol consumption. Limiting your use of tobacco products and your alcohol intake can help lessen your risk immensely.

If it’s time to schedule your next oral pathology screening, call or use the online booking tool today and set up a time to come in.