Oral Cancer Screening

Being screened for oral cancer is an important part of good oral health. Dentists at One Centre Dentistry use oral cancer screening methods in their Scarborough practice. Having a regular oral cancer screening is one of the reasons why it is so important to see your dentist every six months for a routine checkup. Being screened twice a year is the best way to ensure oral cancer is caught in its early stages when it is most treatable.

Oral cancer can cause an array of symptoms, many of which can be easily missed or confused with other issues, like canker sores. The most common symptoms include:

  • Red, white, or blotchy patches in your mouth
  • Lumps or rough-textured spots on the soft tissues of the mouth
  • Numbness or bleeding in the mouth, face, or neck
  • Mouth sores that take more than two weeks to heal
  • A persistent sore throat or hoarseness
  • Pain when swallowing
  • Changes in your occlusion, the way your teeth meet when you close your mouth

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