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Oral Cancer Screening NYC

Oral Cancer Screening

Being screened for oral cancer is an important part of good oral health. Dentists at 209 NYC Dental use advanced oral cancer screening methods in their Midtown East Manhattan practice so their New York City patients can feel confident in the accuracy of the findings.

Having a regular oral cancer screening is one of the reasons why it is so important to see your dentist every six months for a routine checkup. Being screened twice a year is the best way to ensure oral cancer is caught in its early stages when it is most treatable.


What kinds of symptoms does oral cancer cause?

Oral cancer can cause an array of symptoms, many of which can be easily missed or confused with other issues, like canker sores. The most common symptoms include:

  • Red, white, or blotchy patches in your mouth
  • Lumps or rough-textured spots on the soft tissues of the mouth
  • Numbness or bleeding in the mouth, face, or neck
  • Mouth sores that take more than two weeks to heal
  • A persistent sore throat or hoarseness
  • Pain when swallowing
  • Changes in your occlusion, the way your teeth meet when you close your mouth

What techniques are used to diagnose oral cancer?

Oral cancer screening is the primary method used to detect oral cancer. Screening begins with a careful visual examination of the soft tissues of your mouth, including the lips, gums, cheeks, and palate, to look for changes in color or texture as well as other signs. When a suspicious area is identified, a small sample of cells (biopsy) may be taken for further examination under a microscope. Oral biopsies are typically performed using a special brush to remove the top layer

Oral biopsies are typically performed using a special brush to remove the top layer of cells. When a larger sample is needed, a local anesthetic will be used to numb the area before the tissue is removed and sent to a lab. Your neck will also be gently palpated for signs of swelling.

Is there anything I can do to prevent oral cancer?

The most important things you can do aside from having regular screenings are to stop smoking, stop using smokeless tobacco (or chewing tobacco) and avoid consuming excessive amounts of alcohol.


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About Dr. Liza Horbar

Meet Dr. Liza Horbar, one of the best prosthodontists in NYC. Dr. Horbar practices at 209 NYC Dental in Midtown East Manhattan, where we have multiple specialists. She received a Bachelor of Science from Northwestern University, where she graduated magna cum laude. Dr. Horbar moved to New York to pursue her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree, which she received at Columbia University. She continued her studies at Columbia and earned a Master of Science in Prosthodontics in 2019. While she was taking DDS classes, she journeyed to Guatemala with KIDS International Dental Services on a humanitarian mission.

What Our Patients Are Saying

With over 1000 reviews from all over the web with an average rating of 4.9 we are proud to be in the Manhattan Dental Elite.

This is a wonderful dental office with very professional and friendly staff and up to date technology. They took me at a very short notice when I needed emergency dental work, they were so nice and accommodating. The office itself is bright and modern, all staff are welcoming! All doctors are absolutely fantastic! The best part is that they have all Dental specialists at that office, so they’ll be able to help you with any dental issue without you leaving the office. I highly recommend 209 NYC Dental!
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This is the first dental practice I look forward to going to. The front desk staff, hygienists and dentists are some of the friendliest and best in Manhattan. I always look forward to my teeth cleanings and if I need work done, I know I'm in great care. Also, Dr. Ahh did my Invisalign and I've never been more proud to smile!
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I've been going to 209 dental for years. I now live in Long Island and still make the trip out for my appointments. Dr's Ahn and Kafko are very caring individuals. Best dental experience ever!
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