Oral Cancer Screening

Aside from oral hygiene, oral cancer screening is one of the most important things you can do for your health.

Be proactive with oral cancer screening

Oral cancer health screening is a beneficial measure to take. The goal of this diagnostic procedure is to recognize the early stages of oral cancer when there is a higher chance for effective treatment. If left undetected and untreated, mouth cancer can lead to a variety of serious problems, and can even be fatal.

What are the symptoms of oral cancer?

Oral cancer signs include:

Types of oral cancer screenings

Visual exam: Major parts included in a visual oral cancer screening exam are your neck, lips, face, inside of the nose and oral cavity. All removable dental appliances must be dislodged to expose all areas of the mouth.

While the patient sits or lays down, your periodontist or dental hygienist will search for abnormalities using a light, mirror and a tongue depressor. Other tools may be used in the cancer screening process, however, it will be minimally invasive.

Physical exam: A physical oral cancer screening exam consists of your dentist touching around the chin, the jaw, in the oral cavity and the head and cheeks. Doctors are looking for abnormal masses or nodules. Another indication would be immobility in normally mobile tissue.

An oral cancer screening is a preventative measure for reducing the risk of cancer in oral care. It is an exam to open up the discussion with your periodontist about precautions that can be taken and any concerns that you have about oral cancer.

Regular oral cancer screening and dental check-ups can result in early detection.

Take an active role in your oral health, and book an appointment at our Edmonton clinic today – 780-429-2112

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