Oral Cancer Exam

An oral cancer exam is painless and quick check-up that takes only a few minutes. Your regular dental checkup is an excellent opportunity to have the exam.

Here’s how what to expect from your dentist:
  • Preparing for the exam: If you have plates, the dentist will ask you to remove them.
  • Your dentist will inspect your face, neck, lips and mouth to look for any signs of cancer.
  • With both hands, the dentist will feel the area under your jaw and the side of your neck, checking for lumps that may suggest cancer.
  • Little Ferry dentist will look and feel the inside of your lips and cheeks to check for possible signs of cancer, such as red or white patches.
  • Your dentist will have you stick out your tongue so it can be checked for swelling or abnormal color or texture.
  • Using gauze, he or she will then gently pull your tongue to one side, then the other, to check the base of your tongue. The underside of your tongue will also be checked.
  • In addition, he or she will look at the roof and floor of your mouth, as well as the back of your throat.
  • Finally, your provider will put one finger on the floor of your mouth and, with the other hand under your chin, gently press down to check for lumps or sensitivity.