Oral cancer is a pathologic process which begins with an asymptomatic stage during which the usual cancer signs may not be readily noticeable. This makes the oral cancer examinations performed by the dentist critically important.
There are many different places in the oral cavity and maxillofacial region in which oral cancers commonly occur, including:
Reasons for oral cancer examinations
When oral cancer is diagnosed in its earliest stages, treatment is generally very effective. Any noticeable abnormalities in the tongue, gums, mouth or surrounding area should be evaluated by a health professional as quickly as possible. The oral cancer examination is a completely painless process. During the visual part of the examination, Dr Kelly will look for abnormality and feel the face, glands and neck for unusual bumps.
If you have any questions or concerns about oral cancer, please contact our practice.