The Screening Process
Your doctor will complete a physical exam of your mouth and teeth. With gloved hands, they will feel inside the mouth for signs of irritation and swelling. Indicators doctors look for when performing a screening, is for abnormal red or white tissue and patches. An exam may be performed using light to check for infected white tissue.
Sometimes, a mouth rinse is used to detect oral cancer cells. After rinsing, infected cell tissue will appear blue in color. A biopsy may be used to submit to further testing, if diseased tissue is found. A biopsy includes taking a sample of tissue and cells in the mouth that are not typically present in a healthy mouth. Our team is equipped with the tools to make a proper diagnosis and inform you about the next steps.