Early detection has been shown to increase the survival rate of oral cancer. Oral cancer screening can truly save lives.
Oral cancer screening is painless and quick!
At OFDG we perform oral cancer screening routinely and it is a part of our dental exam.
The goal is to identify small changes in the lining tissues of the mouth, lips, cheeks, the roof and floor of the mouth, throat and tongue that may indicate the early stages of cancer. The screening is mainly a visual and tactile (touch) exam inside your mouth, including a check for unusual lesions, patches, or sores. You may be palpated (pressed with fingers) to detect lumps and swellings, and your tongue may be gently pulled aside for a better view. If anything seems to be out of the ordinary, a biopsy or thorough diagnostic test will be carried out.