I am a practicing hygienist of 20 years for Dr. Lee Warren in Boone NC. Our practice specializes in attention to detail.
One evening, I was providing a routine prophalaxis on a 45 year old male patient. Upon my last round of flossing and recording my findings, I was prompted to look under his tongue. I found a large sunken red lesion! We referred our patient to an oral surgeon…it came back Squamous Cell Carcinoma! He had surgery for the removal of 1/3 of his tongue and lymph nodes in his neck.
His family later visited our office to thank us for saving their dad and husband!. My-oh-my, what a simple and proper check can do!! Now, I am constantly twisting and turning everyone’s tongue!
Vanessa Minton, RDH