Everything you need to know about Cancer Screening
Patients often believe that a Dentist's only job is to take care of their teeth. But what they do not know is that during each and every Oral Exam, the Dentist will perform and annual or Bi-Annual Cancer Screening for the patient. The goal of oral cancer screening is to identify mouth cancer early, when there is a greater chance for a cure. During the screening your Dentist will check to see if there are any changes to the texture or color of your Oral Tissue (Red/White Patches, Growths, etc). They will check your entire mouth (Tongue, lips, cheeks, palate, and floor) for any lumps or changes. They will also check your neck for any changes to your lymph-nodes. If you ever feel something out of the ordinary, do not hesitate to address your concerns with your Dentist - Better to be safe than sorry.
What to expect during the procedure
Cancer Screening is usually part of your Oral Exam and is a non invasive overview of your Oral Cavity and Lymph-nodes. If your Dentists sees something out of the ordinary they will recommend for you to visit your General Physician for a closer observation. Cancer screening will not hurt in any way and it is done as a precautionary measure in an effort to catch Oral Cancer in its early stages.