Oral Cancer Screening

What Is Oral Cancer Screening?

As part of visiting your dentist for your twice-yearly check-up, a normal procedure will be your oral cancer screening. During this procedure, your dentist will examine the interior of your mouth for signs indicating that cancerous cells may be developing. Oral cancer is relatively easy to beat, provided that you identify it early. Our doctors at Dunwin Dental are firm believers that regular testing is important, even for those who lack any notable risk factors. This test will comprise a part of your normal twice a year visit to Dunwin Dental.

What Are The Benefits of Oral Cancer Screening?

Performing regular oral cancer screenings gives a better chance of catching this condition during its earliest stages. When caught early, there is a significantly greater chance of saving the patient and limiting the amount of damage the condition can do. While regular screenings are good for everyone, those who have high-risk factors are the most likely to benefit.

Who Is At Risk For Oral Cancer Screening?

Those who have one of the following factors are considered to be at greater risk of oral cancer:

  • Any kind of tobacco use, including pipes, cigars, chew snuff, etc.
  • Any previous diagnosis of oral cancer
  • Significant alcohol use
  • Spend a significant time exposing their face to the sun, a cause of lip cancer.


Incidents of oral cancer have been increasing in recent years, though research has yet to find a cause. There appears to be some connection between cases of HPV (Human papillomavirus) and oral cancer, but further studies are required.

Frequently Asked Question

Oral cancer screening is not a perfect process, and there are a few things that are helpful to know when being screened.

  • More Testing –In many cases, a dentist will order additional tests if sores are found in the mouth. Getting additional tests does not mean you have oral cancer; the vast majority of these sores are non-cancerous in nature. Only the biopsy that’s ordered will be able to tell for sure.
  • Not Foolproof –Since the cancer screening is visual in nature, smaller cancers, lesions that are precancerous, or those located in difficult to see parts of the mouth may go unnoticed.

While oral cancer screening has not been proven to save lives, catching oral cancer early ensures you’ll have the greatest possible chance of treating the condition before it gets serious.

We here at Dunwin Dental believe that oral cancer screening is an essential part of your preventative care visits at our office. Dr. Nikita Madhyani works with her patients to ensure they have the best chance of living a long healthy life with excellent dental care. If it’s been a while since you’ve seen a dentist for regular cleaning, give us a call today at 407-920-5612. We’ll schedule you an appointment at our clinic at 2318 Dunwin Drive Suite 9 Mississauga for a screening and consultation. Don’t neglect your oral health; make sure you come in to see your dentist at least twice a year!

As a precaution, you should be screened for oral cancer at every dental exam or at least once yearly.

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