The key to combating oral cancer is early detection and immediate treatment. An oral cancer screening is an efficient, pain free examination, performed during routine dental visits, to look for signs of cancer and precancerous conditions in the mouth.
During an oral cancer screening, with gloved hands, your dentist looks over the inside of your mouth checking for red or white patches and sores. They will also feel the tissues in your mouth to check for lumps or other abnormalities. They may also examine your throat and neck for lumps.
People with a high risk of oral cancer may benefit from oral cancer screenings.Factors that may increase the risk of oral cancer are not limited to:
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