Will I get an oral cancer screening during my visit?

Every check up, whether initial or routine, will include an oral cancer screening. We check your jaws, lymph nodes, lips, tongue, underneath and it’s sides, gums, cheeks, roof of your mouth and the back for any irregularities like ulcers or change in colour that might indicate signs of oral cancer. This is another reason why we totally recommend periodic check ups!

What are the symptoms of oral cancer?

It’s important to be aware of the following signs and symptoms and to see your dentist if they do not disappear after two weeks.

A sore or irritation that doesn’t go away

Red or white patches

Pain, tenderness or numbness in mouth or lips

A lump, thickening, rough spot, crust or small eroded area

Difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking or moving your tongue or jaw

A change in the way your teeth fit together when you close your mouth

Some people complain of a sore throat, feeling like something is caught in their throat, numbness, hoarseness or a change in voice. If you have any of these symptoms, let your dentist know, especially if you’ve had them for two weeks or more.

How do I know if I am at risk for oral cancer?

I see something suspicious in my mouth…is it cancer?

New Patients & Emergency Appointments Welcome!