Oral Cancer Exam Performed by Your Dentist

 What Is An Oral Cancer Exam

An oral cancer exam is painless and quick– it only takes a few minutes. When coming in for your regular dental checkup is an excellent opportunity to have the oral cancer exam.

What You Can Expect:

Here is what to expect:

  1. Preparing for the exam: If you have dentures or partials, you will be ask to remove them.
  2. Dr. Harbin or Dr. Jones will inspect your face, neck, lips and mouth to look for any signs of cancer.
  3. With both hands, he or she will feel the area under your jaw and the side of your neck; checking for lumps that may suggest cancer.
  4. He or she will then look at and feel the insides of your lips and cheeks to check for possible signs of cancer, such as red or white patches.
  5. Next, Dr. Harbin or Dr. Jones will have you stick out your tongue so it can be checked for swelling or abnormal color or texture.
  6. Using gauze, he or she will then gently pull your tongue to one side, then the other, to check the base of your tongue. The underside of your tongue will also be checked.
  7. In addition, Dr.Harbin or Dr. Jones will look at the roof and floor of your mouth, as well as the back of your throat.
  8. Finally, Dr. Harbin or Dr. Jones will put one finger on the floor of your mouth and, with the other hand under your chin, gently press down to check for lumps or sensitivity.

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