It is important to choose a dentist that is vigilant in his or her watch for oral cancer. When you have your six-month cleaning or regular check-up, your dental team should look at several areas for signs of oral cancer. Exams should include looking carefully at the roof and floor of the mouth, the back of the throat, the tongue, your lymph nodes, and the insides of the cheeks and lips. Your exam should also include the use of the Vizilite Plus prescreening exam.
Most dentists are fully trained to perform biopsies in your mouth if oral cancer is suspected. In the event of a positive biopsy, you may receive a full range of support and referral services, helping you to choose the treatment options that are best for you and putting you in touch with the best medical professional for additional treatment.