Oral Cancer Screening

Oral cancer, like many other types of cancer, is most easily and successfully treated when detected early.  As part of a holistic approach to oral health, an oral cancer screening can be done right in our office as part of your regular exam.

Our dentists have the skills and tools necessary to ensure any early signs of oral cancer or pre-cancerous conditions are detected and identified.

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The symptoms below may be caused by other, less serious problems.  However it’s important to be aware that these may also be signs of oral cancer.

  • A lump in or around the lips or mouth
  • A thickening or rough spot in or around the mouth
  • Red or white spot or sores anywhere within the oral cavity
  • A sore in the area that bleeds easily and does not heal
  • Tenderness, pain or numbness anywhere in the mouth or on the lips
  • Any difficulty in chewing, speaking, or swallowing
  • Difficulty moving the jaw or the tongue

As part of your routine dental checkup or on a more immediate basis, a simple, quick screening that involves examination of the entire oral cavity can be done to detect any pre-cancerous or cancerous condition.  This includes a visual exam as well as manually feeling the tissue of the mouth and throat to detect any abnormalities.  If any area of concern is located, a simple test can be performed and laboratory analysis done.

Other things you can do to help prevent oral cancer are avoid all tobacco products, drink only in moderation and maintain a healthy and balanced diet.  You should also limit your exposure to the sun and use sun protective lotion on your lips as well as your skin.

If you experience any of these, contact our dental office and make an appointment.  

Meet Your Dentists

Dr. Brian Handelman DDS
Dr. Brian Handelman DDS

Dr. Brian M. Handelman believes that making the dental experience as comfortable as possible is a key element in empowering each patient to take an active role in their oral health.- Full Biography
Dr. Christine M. Foster DDS
Dr. Christine M. Foster DDS

Dr. Christine Foster has a passion for dentistry with a goal to provide enjoyable, comfortable and calming dentistry to all of his patients. Dr. Foster is excited to continue the tradition of dental excellence in Silver Spring, MD.- Full Biography

What Sets Us Apart?


Dr. Brian Handelman and Dr. Christine Foster are dedicated to maintaining a long tradition of dental excellence in the Silver Spring, MD area. With their experience, our patients are guaranteed to achieve the optimal dental health!

We Are Family

Our patients are not just patients. They are individuals who we love, know and respect. We take the time to get to know each patient personally because you matter to us! We look forward to watching our community and dental family grow through the years.


We understand that not everyone enjoys visiting the dentist, but one visit to our practice will change your mind! We offer patient comforts, like office pillows and blankets, plus our caring team always works with a gentle touch.

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Dr. Handelman is a consummate professional and Smile Designs has been a wonderful practice for me and my family. The practice and administrators have been excellent over the years, so they are doing something right. I highly recommend the practice.

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