Oral Cancer Screenings:

Detect and Identify Early Signs of Cancer

Oral cancer has a five-year survival rate of 57%. That is why it is essential to get an oral cancer screening to detect early signs of cancer and precancerous lesions in the mouth. By identifying the signs early, you can receive the proper care and treatment.

Dr. Sarah will typically provide an oral cancer screening at a general dental check-up, but you can also request an oral screening appointment if you think you may need one.

Who Might Need An Oral Cancer Screening?

An oral cancer screening cannot prevent the risk of oral cancer, but it can identify the signs early. Anyone can request an oral cancer screening appointment, but it is especially recommended if you are at a higher risk of developing oral cancer.

You will be at higher risk if you:

  • Smoke
  • Consume a high amount of alcohol
  • Have a family history or medical history of oral cancer
  • Have a history of sun exposure

Other indicators include:

  • Numbness
  • Sores that don’t heal
  • Lumps or bumps in the head and neck
  • Difficulty swallowing

What Happens During An Oral Cancer Screening?

Dr. Sarah will evaluate the following areas with both a visual and tactile approach:

  • Cheek lining
  • Roof and floor of your mouth
  • Lips and tongue
  • Gums and tonsils

Visual & Tactile Exam:

Dr. Sarah will use a visual exam to look inside the mouth for any signs of oral cancer such as red or white patches or mouth sores.

She will also look at the nose, face, neck, and lips for any abnormalities. With gloved hands, Dr. Sarah will use palpation to check for abnormal lumps that may be tender or sore.

She may recommend additional tests if anything seems out of the ordinary.

Tooth Extraction Aftercare

After your procedure, it’s important to continue to take care of your oral hygiene and the previously infected area. Your dentist may prescribe medication to reduce pain post-procedure. We recommend eating soft, plain and easy-to-chew foods and to get plenty of rest and hydration. Avoid drinking from a straw.

Think you may need an oral cancer screening?

You can give us a call today and book an appointment with Dr. Sarah Latterell.