Oral cancer can be difficult to detect, which makes it more likely to spread to other areas. Dr. Carmen Castillo is a trusted provider of oral cancer screenings and uses advanced methods at her Manhattan Beach dental practice.
Oral cancer screening is the best way to identify cancer in its earliest stages so treatment can begin as soon as possible and the spread of disease can be prevented. Screenings involve both a visual and tactile evaluation of the gums. The dentist checks the insides of the cheeks and the palate to look for abnormal areas of tissue. Signs of oral cancer include tissue that's unnaturally red or appears whitish or gray as well as tissue that feels rough to the touch.
Oral cancer screenings are typically performed once each year. In some patients, including those with risk factors for oral cancer, screening may be performed more frequently, such as during each check-up and cleaning appointment.
ViziLite is an FDA-approved system designed to help dentists identify signs of oral cancer more effectively. The ViziLite uses a simple handheld wand which emits light as it is passed over the soft tissues of the mouth. Healthy tissue absorbs this light and appears normal. Abnormal areas of tissue reflect the light, making them more visible so they can be isolated and evaluated more closely. The ViziLite exam takes just a few moments to perform and it's completely painless.
Depending on where it's located and how advanced the cancer is, symptoms can include:
Many symptoms of oral cancer are difficult to detect without a professional dental exam and oral cancer screening, which is why having routine screenings is essential to protecting and maintaining oral health.
Please note - We accept PPO insurance only and we are an out of network provider with the exception Cigna in which we are an in-network provider.
"Dr. Castillo is efficient and very concerned about the comfort of her patients."
"Great staff plus courteous and pleasant conversation make for an enjoyable experience despite having fears of the dental appointment."
"Dr. Carmen and staff are the best ever. She has performed complex dentistry on me, as well as routine maintenance and the results are always amazing. "
"Dr. Castillo and everybody in her office are terrific both professionally and personally."