Oral Cancer Screening
An oral cancer screening is done at each dental check-up by the dental hygienist as well as the dentist. The screening is an overall examination of the head and neck, as well as the teeth and gums. Considering that most patients visit the their dental office two times per year, any changes are recorded and monitored at this time.
“The American Dental Association has reported that 25% of oral cancer victims have no risk factors”. Although smoking and drinking may not be a part of your lifestyle a more detailed oral cancer screening is recommended once per year.
There is a new screening tool called VisiLite that aids in the detection of otherwise not visible lesions. Your dentist and dental hygienist can conduct this screening at your regular check-ups.