Oral Cancer Screenings

Oral Cancer Screenings Holland, MI Dentist

According to the National Institutes of Health, approximately 53,000 Americans are diagnosed with oral cancer each year. Approximately 8,000 of these diagnoses result in death.

Oral cancer screenings allow our Holland dentist at Macatawa Smiles to catch oral cancer in its early stages so you have the best chance for survival.

How We Detect Oral Cancer

Our dentist examines your gums, cheeks, tongue, and other areas of your mouth for lesions. Our dentist also uses cancer screening technology to detect cancer that can’t be seen by the human eye.

Symptoms of Oral Cancer

Oral cancer is dangerous because people often don’t have symptoms until it’s too late. If you notice any of the following signs of oral cancer, schedule an appointment with our family dentist immediately.

Signs of oral cancer include:

  • Red or white patches in the mouth
  • Gums and soft tissue bleeding
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Pain when swallowing
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Hoarse voice
  • Chronic sore throat
  • Persistent bad breath

Risk Factors for Oral Cancer

You are more likely to have oral cancer if you have a history of smoking, alcohol abuse, poor diet, or not using sun protection on the lips. You may also be at higher risk if you have a family history of cancer. If you have any of these risk factors, it’s important to discuss them with our Holland family dentist. 

Schedule an Appointment

Our Holland family dentist at Macatawa Smiles always strives to help patients maintain good oral health by providing preventative dentistry services like oral cancer screenings. If you are interested in scheduling an oral cancer screening or dental exam, give us a call at (616) 396-7524.


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Dear Patient Family,

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a difficult time for all of us. Many of you have been forced to wait for dental care and we appreciate your understanding while we kept our office closed to follow orders from the Governor's Office.

We are happy to say that we are opening our office for all patient treatment on June 1st, 2020. Our hours of operation will go back to normal, Monday-Thursday 8am - 5pm. We want you to know that there will be some changes at your next appointment. Please be patient with us as our protocols will inevitably change as new guidelines are released.

  • We ask that you use our parking lot as the waiting room.
  • Please wear a mask when you come into the office and leave it on until entering the treatment room. Homemade is acceptable.
  • Only the person receiving treatment should come in the building, all others will be asked to wait in the car if at all possible. The exception will be for our minor patients who may have one parent accompany them.
  • We will be asking you some questions when you arrive at the office and we will also be taking your temperature.
  • We will not be able to offer magazines, drinks, or toys at this time as they cannot be disinfected to our standards. Eventually this will change and we will be happy to offer our amenities once again.

These changes have been made to adhere to the latest CDC guidelines and for the benefit of our patients and our staff. We want you to know that our office has always taken the safety of our patients very seriously and that we will continue to follow the highest levels of sterilization and disinfection to keep you protected. If you would like more information on what measures we have taken we would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

We cannot say how excited we are to see all of our patients again and to provide for their dental needs. We look forward to seeing all of your smiling faces soon!

Dr. Habecker and Team