Oral cancer includes cancers of the mouth and throat. We stress the importance of detecting and treating oral cancer as soon as possible, as it is much easier to treat early on. This is why we offer oral cancer screenings in Northridge, California, during regular dental appointments. Oral cancer screenings are non-invasive and non-stressful for the patient.
We will have you take out any removable dental appliances in preparation for your oral cancer screening. During the visual portion of your oral cancer screening, our dentists will examine your face, neck, lips, inside of your nose and the inside of your mouth for asymmetries, bumps, patches of color, swellings, ulcerations or other abnormalities. A light and dental mirror may be used to examine all areas of your oral cavity. You may be instructed to say, “Ahh,” to expose your throat so it can be examined.
Our dentists feel for unusual nodules or masses in the head and cheeks, around the jaw, in the oral cavity, and under your chin during the physical exam. Our dentists may also look for immobility in tissue that is normally mobile. You may be asked if physical contact in one of these areas causes any soreness.
Feel free to contact Northridge Dental Group at 818-886-6100 to learn more and to schedule a visit.