top of page
Tobacco cessation diagramatic representation at Agrasen Dental Wellness Center, Tri-Nagar
Things you may want to know about Oral cancer Screenings

What is oral cancer screening?

Oral cancer screening is a thorough examination of the mouth and throat to detect any signs or symptoms of oral cancer or precancerous conditions. It's a proactive approach to identify potential issues early for timely intervention and treatment.

Why is oral cancer screening important?

Oral cancer, if detected early, has a higher chance of successful treatment. Regular screenings can help identify abnormalities, lesions, or suspicious growths in the mouth or throat, leading to timely diagnostic tests and appropriate treatment if necessary.

Who should undergo an oral cancer screening?

All adults, regardless of age or risk factors, should undergo regular oral cancer screenings during their dental check-ups. Individuals with risk factors such as tobacco use, excessive alcohol consumption, a history of oral cancer, or exposure to HPV (human papillomavirus) may need more frequent screenings.

What does an oral cancer screening involve?

An oral cancer screening typically involves a visual examination of the mouth, lips, tongue, gums, cheeks, palate, and throat. Additionally, your dentist may perform a physical examination, palpating the head, neck, and oral tissues to check for any abnormalities or lumps.

Is oral cancer screening a painful procedure?

No, oral cancer screening is a painless and non-invasive procedure. It involves a thorough examination of the oral cavity, which is typically quick and comfortable for the patient.

Can dentists detect oral cancer during a regular dental check-up?

Yes, dentists are trained to perform oral cancer screenings during routine dental check-ups. They can detect visible signs of oral cancer or abnormalities in the mouth that may require further evaluation through diagnostic tests.

What are common signs and symptoms of oral cancer?

Common signs of oral cancer may include persistent mouth sores, red or white patches, lumps or growths, unexplained bleeding, difficulty swallowing or chewing, chronic sore throat, or changes in voice. If you notice any of these symptoms, it's important to seek immediate dental or medical attention.

Are there any risk factors for developing oral cancer?

Yes, some common risk factors for oral cancer include tobacco use (smoking or chewing), excessive alcohol consumption, exposure to HPV, a diet lacking fruits and vegetables, prolonged sun exposure to lips, and a history of oral cancer.

How often should I undergo oral cancer screening?

Regular oral cancer screenings are typically conducted during every routine dental check-up, which is typically every six months. However, your dentist may recommend more frequent screenings based on your individual risk factors and oral health history.

How can I schedule an oral cancer screening at your clinic?

Contact our clinic to schedule a dental check-up, during which we will conduct a thorough oral examination, including an oral cancer screening. We are committed to ensuring your oral health and overall well-being.

bottom of page