What is an Oral Cancer Examination?

Did you know that approximately 4,500 Canadians were diagnosed with oral cancer in 2017? Oral cancer is not an issue that is often regularly discussed nor given much attention to. Having a lack of awareness for disease can pose a significant threat because if left untreated and it goes relatively unnoticed, it could hinder adequate or appropriate prevention and treatment options. This is especially true for those who do not go to regular dental visits. Your dentist in Kemptville, Dr. Besher Alfarra of Kemptville Smiles Dentistry, can monitor your oral health and diagnose potential signs of oral diseases beginning to develop with an extensive and thorough oral cancer examination.

What Exactly is Involved?

During a thorough and complete examination, your dentist in Kemptville will inquire about the condition of your health and ask about any medications you may be taking. These inquiries assist your Kemptville dentist in accurately determining the level of risk that you have for developing oral cancer. Underlying health conditions and negative lifestyle habits such as smoking, can contribute to the development of oral cancer.

>>>During this time, the dentist will thoroughly look throughout the facial area – on the surface and inside the mouth – inspecting the lips, jaw, and neck, keeping an eye out for any abnormalities such as lumps, red or white patches inside the mouth, or unusual spots and swelling along the tongue.

How Can I Book An Examination?

If you’re concerned about oral cancer, contact us at Kemptville Smiles Dentistry. We can schedule an examination during your next appointment. If you’ve noticed any unusual lumps or abnormalities around your mouth, face or neck, an examination can pinpoint any areas of concern, allowing treatment to tackle any early developments. When oral cancer is diagnosed during the early stages, the success of treatment is much greater. And if anything does look suspicious, we will refer you to a specialist so you can receive the treatment and care you need as soon as possible. If you notice any areas of concern in or around your mouth, contact us as soon as possible to set up an appointment. Our team members will provide a thorough examination and recommend the best course of action if anything appears abnormal. Remember, detecting cancer during the early stages can allow treatment to be very effective. Contact us today to address any concerns that you may have.

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