When your dentist performs a normal dental examination, your dentist will typically also look for various signs of disease. Oral cancer often begins as small sores or small red or white patches. A dentist is good at identifying these and other signs of cancer. The dentist will be able to perform a complete screening within a few minutes. The dentist looks at the following areas:
- Face, neck, lips and mouth
- Jaw and throat
- Your tongue
- Upper and lower oral cavity
Some wounds and stains are harmless, others are not. Through a test, the dentist can remove cells from suspicious areas and have them further analysed. Oral cancer can be more easily treated and cured if detected early.