About one-quarter of people diagnosed with oral cancer each year will die from it within the same year because the diagnosis was made too late. The chances of survival of oral cancer are much higher when it is discovered at an early stage through specialized oral cancer screening.
During your daily brushing routine, you should also do a visual inspection of your teeth, gums, and tongue. Although oral cancer can affect anyone, some risk factors may predispose you to oral cancer. High-risk groups include smokers and people who chew tobacco, people who drink alcohol regularly, and people with a history of head or neck cancer. In addition, people whose diets do not contain enough fruits or vegetables may also be at risk. If you think you belong to one of these groups, make an appointment at the Monk Dental center to discuss it with us.
Oral cancer screening is a group of oral exams that are performed to determine if a patient may have any warning signs of oral cancer. This early screening may include a number of elements, including a gum and teeth examination, x-rays and a review of a patient’s medical history.
The first step in screening for oral cancer is an oral exam where your dentist will examine all structures in your mouth for signs and symptoms such as:
If the initial examination and tests reveal potential problems, your dentist may offer to do a biopsy and to send the tissue sample to a laboratory for analysis. This procedure is most often performed at the Monk Dental center and is painless.
Oral cancer screening aims to detect cancer early enough to have the best treatment prognosis. You should ask to be screened even if you are not in a high-risk group; remember that the goal is to find a problem before symptoms appear. Ask your dentist if oral cancer screening is the right thing for you.
Monk Dental Center in Montreal (Ville-Émard) offers general dentistry, family dentistry, implantology, orthodontics, denturology and much more. Our clinic is at the cutting edge of technology and our team is very proud to help the residents of the city of Montreal achieve healthy and radiant smiles! We are always accepting new patients.