If your dentist has recommended you for an oral cancer screening, you may be nervous in preparation for it. This video goes through the process of the screening and can help calm you before yours. Keep reading to learn about the process and prepare for your procedure.
You might be referred to a dental specialist if your dentist cannot perform the exam. They will provide you with a new office, but if your dentist is referring them, it should be a good fit. If that is the case, then you should go through your medical history with the dentist. It will also be important to note if you smoke or drink, as this can affect your tooth, gum, and jaw health.
During the exam, you will be palpated thoroughly to find any inconsistencies in the jaw and gums. Your dentist will also be checking for discoloration, asymmetries, or lesions. Some dentists use the ABCDE method, which checks off asymmetry, border irregularity, color change, diameter greater than 6mm, and evolution.
A good dentist will perform all these steps when checking for oral cancer. Don’t be afraid when walking into your screening. Use these tips to feel that you will be in good hands throughout the process.