During a oral examination – a Dentserve professional dentist or hygienist will:
- Evaluate your overall health and oral hygiene
- Check if there is any risk of tooth decay, root decay, and gum or bone disease
- See if there is any need for tooth restoration or tooth replacement
- Check your bite and jaw for problems
- Recommend a clean and scale to remove any stains or deposits on your teeth
- Assess your need for fluoride
- Take dental X-rays or, if necessary, do other diagnostic procedures.
- During a routine oral examination, he or she will also look for signs of oral cancer.
Oral Cancer Screening
During an oral cancer screening – that will take only a short time, the professional will feel the area under your jaw, the sides of your neck, and the insides of your lips and cheeks, as well as examine the sides of your tongue and the roof and floor of your mouth.
The Australian Dental Association (ADA) reports that over the past decade, Australia has recorded a worrying 33.7% increase in cancers of the tongue and 12.3% increase in oral squamous cell carcinoma in other regions of the mouth. This translates to 8 oral cancers being diagnosed, and 2 persons dying from oral cancer daily.
As it is with anything that concerns your health, early detection of oral cancer and potentially malignant oral lesions can improve any clinical outcomes for you. Dentists are well-trained to identify such lesions. An oral cancer examination, as part of a comprehensive oral examination, takes only a short time, and time that is well-spent. Make a booking now.