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Mouth Cancer Examinations at Your Dentist

A mouth cancer examination is very quick and painless taking only a few minutes.  In fact you probably never realised this was happening when you visited your dentist for your last check up.

This is what you can expect:

If you have dentures – full or partial – you will be asked to take them out.

Your dentist will inspect your face,neck, lips and mouth for anything that looks out of the ordinary.

Using both hands the dentist will feel the area under your jaw and the side of your neck checking for unusual lumps.

You will be asked to stick your tongue out to look for swelling, unusual colouration or texture.

The dentist will then check the sides base and underside of your tongue.

The dentist will check the roof and floor of your mouth and the back of your throat.

The dentist will look at and feel the inside of your lips and cheeks checking for other signs such as unusual red or white patches.

Finally the dentist will put a finger on the floor of your mouth and with the other hand under your chin gently press down to check for unusual lumps or sensitivity.

If your dentist does notice anything unexpected or unusual during this examination they may refer you to a specialist for more tests.

The mouth cancer examination is included in the cost of your routine examination and does not incurr an additional charge.

Put your mind at rest and visit the dentist regularly to ensure any worries or concerns can be properly investigated.

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