Oral Cancer Screenings
Screening for oral cancer may be done during a routine check-up by one of our dentists. The exam will include looking for lesions, including areas of leukoplakia (an abnormal white patch of cells) and erythroplakia (an abnormal red patch of cells). Leukoplakia and erythroplakia lesions on the mucous membranes may become cancerous.
Higher-risk areas of the mouth that are checked for cancer include the following:
- Floor of the mouth
- Front and sides of the tongue
- Soft palate
If lesions are seen in the mouth, the dentists will recommend procedures may be used to find abnormal tissue that might develop into oral cancer.