Oral Cancer Screenings
Most dentists recommend an oral exam during your routine dental visit to screen for oral cancer. During an oral exam, Dr. Bennett will look over the inside of your mouth to check for red or white patches or mouth sores. She will also feel the tissues in your mouth to check for lumps or other abnormalities.
Many people have abnormal sores in their mouths, with the great majority being noncancerous. An oral exam can't determine which sores are cancerous and which are not, however a practiced eye can identify a potential problem. If Dr. Bennett finds an unusual sore, you may go through further testing to determine its cause. The only way to definitively determine whether you have oral cancer is to remove some abnormal cells and test them for cancer in a procedure called a biopsy.