Oral Cancer Screening
An oral cancer screening is recommended to be performed every year as a precautionary measure to make sure that there are no abnormal lesions that will cause future concern to a patient. This is a two-step procedure that includes doing a visual exam and a physical exam of all parts of the oral cavity. The visual exam will require looking at tissues to note the color, quality of tissue appearance, and the size of any asymmetries, swelling, and any abnormal-looking lesions. The physical exam will be done using the hand digits and touch the tissues inside and outside of the oral cavity to note the presence or absence of lumps. Aside from the usual dentist tools, special equipment can also be used to perform the oral cancer screening such as using a blue light emitting gadget, an oral dye or a fiber optic camera.