During your oral exam in our office, your Dentist will perform an examination of your mouth to screen for oral cancer. During the screening, your dentist looks over the inside of your mouth to check for red or white patches or mouth sores. Using gloved hands, your dentist also feels the tissues in your mouth to check for lumps or other abnormalities.
Many patients have abnormal sores in their mouths, with the great majority being noncancerous. An oral exam can't determine which sores are cancerous and which are not. If your dentist finds an unusual sore, they will direct you to go through further testing to determine its cause.