Mouth cancer screening
Mouth cancer is one of the few cancers expected to see an increase in diagnosis rates over the coming years. Unfortunately, around 1,800 people lose their life to the disease every year, but many of these deaths could be prevented if the cancer was caught early enough. This is why here at Teeth and Smiles we include a mouth cancer screening at each and every routine dental appointment.
The dentist will check your mouth for any abnormalities. This includes your lips, cheek lining, gums, the front part of your tongue, the floor of your mouth and the roof of your mouth. Your dentist will also examine your throat (pharynx) at the soft part at the roof of your mouth, including your tonsils, the back section of your tongue and where your tongue attaches to the bottom of your mouth. The dentist will then feel your jaw and neck for any lumps or abnormalities.
If we do identify any areas of concern, we will refer you to the hospital for further tests.