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Did you know that your dentist can check you for oral cancer?

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.