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Oral Screening
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Oral cancer screening is an examination performed by a dentist or doctor to look for signs of cancer or precancerous conditions in your mouth. The goal of oral cancer screening is to identify mouth cancer early, when there is a greater chance for a cure..
Frequently asked questions from our patients
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What is cancer?

As the building blocks of our body, cells maintain our tissues and organs. When cell production and regulation lapse, abnormal growths or malignant tumors destroy healthy tissues and spread or metastasize the diseased cells to other parts of the body.

Where does oral cancer occur?

About two-thirds of cancer of the mouth or oral cavity occurs in the floor of mouth and tongue, but can occur in the upper or lower jaw, lips, gums, and cheek lining. Just behind the mouth is an area known as the orophyarnx. Oropharygeal cancer (one-third of cases) occurs in the back of the tongue, tonsils and throat tissue.

Who is most at risk for oral cancer?

People who use tobacco are six times more likely to develop oral cancer. Eight of 10 oral cancer patients are smokers. Heavy alcohol drinkers are also more at risk. 80% of people diagnosed with oral cancer consumer more than 21 drinks weekly. Finally people with a history of oral human papilloma virus infections are at greater risk to develop oral cancer even if they don’t smoke or drink.

What are the warning signs of oral cancer?
  • Red or white patches in or behind the mouth
  • Mouth sores or ulcers that bleed easily and do not heal
  • Unexplained lump in the neck, throat or floor of the mouth
  • Difficulty or discomfort swallowing
  • Pain and tenderness in teeth or gums
  • Change in the fit of dentures or partial dentures
  • Visible change in mouth tissue
  • Unpleasant sensations (pain, discomfort, numbness)
  • Diminished ability to perform normal functions such as opening jaw, chewing or swallowing
  • Unexplained swelling or fullness in neck
How can you prevent oral cancer?

The American Cancer Society recommends a comprehensive oral evaluation and soft tissue exam annually, yet only one in five patients reports having an oral cancer exam in the last year. Your prosthodontist is trained to perform a comprehensive evaluation of your mouth including the associated structures in the head and neck area.

I have something unusual in my mouth and I’m worried. What should I do?

Make a note of the date you first noticed it. Take a photo of it with your digital camera or mobile phone.

Sores, white spots and rough areas should heal within a couple of weeks. After two weeks, if it is still present, schedule an appointment with a dentist or an oral surgeon. If the problem persists, you may want to research a dentist certified in Oral Medicine .A white spot in a never-smoker has a high index of suspicion.

My dentist suggests I have a biopsy. Is that really necessary?

If a sore or abnormal tissue doesn’t resolve within TWO WEEKS, it warrants a closer look. A screening device which through fluorescence technology shows abnormal blood flow to an area suggesting a problem, may help you make your decision faster. However, a screening device is an adjunct and doesn’t give you definitive answers. The gold standard is a biopsy. The mouth heals quickly. Peace of mind is invaluable. Early detection is key. Oral cancer is very survivable if detected early.

The biopsy will be more proficiently evaluated by an oral pathologist vs a general pathologist.

Dysplasia is a pre-cancerous condition. Mild dysplasia should be monitored with scrutiny. ‘Moderate’ and ‘Severe’ dysplasia should be surgically removed and monitored regularly for tissue changes.

Lichen Planus and Erosive Lichen Planus is an inflammatory condition of unknown cause and most are benign without risk of transformation to pre-cancer or cancer. However, the erosive form tends to have an increased risk of developing into dysplasia.

Leukoplakia needs to be followed and can range from a benign hyperkeratotic to a dysplasia. 20% of Leukoplakias in never-smokers are pre-cancer.

Hyperkeratosis appears white and is usually the result of a chronic trauma like chronic cheek biting or tobacco chewing. Stopping these habits will usually cause a reversal of the hyperkeratosis, but it is gradual. A burn from hot coffee or pizza will usually result in a painful ulcer but should resolve in 2 weeks.


I've heard about HPV and it’s connection with oral cancer. Can you explain?

Studies are ongoing on HPV and oral cancer. We know that it is transmitted sexually, but not in all cases. We know that the majority of our population is infected but most don’t even know it and shed the virus within two years. Currently, the only way to reduce the epidemic rise in oral cancer due to HPV is the Gardasil Vaccination.

Why is an Oral and Maxillofacial Pathologist vs a Medical or General Pathologist essential in the diagnosis of oral cancer and pre-cancers?

Oral and Maxillofacial Pathologists have specific and extensive training in diseases of the oral and maxillofacial region. As a result, these specialists provide the most accurate, efficient and cost-effective diagnostic services for oral biopsies.

Their previous dental training allows them to better connect the microscopic features of a biopsy specimen with the unique clinical setting of every patient, further improving the accuracy of each final diagnosis,. In addition, having the same background of dental training makes it easier for oral pathologists to more specifically communicate with dentists or dental specialists regarding the diagnosis and management of a particular oral disease or lesion.

Oral pathologists use a different classification scheme than general pathologists.

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