Oral Cancer Screening Information

Oral cancer starts in the cells of the mouth (oral cavity). The oral cavity is made up of your lips, tongue, inside of lips and cheeks, hard palate (roof of mouth), floor of mouth (under the tongue) gums and teeth. The lining of the mouth protects the tissues and organs that make up the oral cavity, and are exposed to everything you eat, drink and breathe.

There is no single cause of oral cancer, but some factors increase the risk of developing it:

  • Smoking or chewing tobacco or using snuff, especially if you also drink alcohol heavily
  • Drinking a lot of alcohol, combined with smoking and/or using snuff
  • Chewing betel nut
  • Sun exposure to lips

Infection of the oral cavity with the human papillomavirus (HPV) may also be a risk factor for oral cancer. Some people develop oral cancer without any of these risk factors.

We now have the ability to do an oral cancer screening in combination with the conventional visual exam. This simple test helps the dental team identify oral lesions at their earliest stages. It is simple and painless.

Ask to have your examination done today.