When you visit your dentist for a regular appointment, have you wondered why the hygienist often uses his/her fingers to examine your mouth before they start to clean your teeth?
During a regular treatment your dentist should routinely perform a complete oral cancer screen. The hygienist will examine you for signs of mouth and/or throat cancer. They check your lips, cheek lining, gums, front and underside of your tongue, floor of the mouth beneath the tongue, and the hard palate of the roof of your mouth. By checking each time you visit, your dentist can improve the chances that any suspicious changes in your oral health will be caught early, at a time when cancer can be treated more easily.
Please tell your dentist about any problems you have when chewing, swallowing, speaking or moving your tongue or jaw so they can ensure your total oral health.
To learn more about oral cancer detection, or any other dental topic, please call our office 419-475-6554.