Oral Cancer Screening
During your annual dental examination with Dr. Shiba, we will examine your entire oral cavity as part of our oral cancer screening. We understand that your oral health is a culmination of many aspects, it’s about so much more than just cavities, including spotting anything unusual or that we feel requires additional examination. At Nancy Shiba, DDS our staff cares about your whole dental health and we, including Dr. Shiba, will take note of those areas of trouble, examine potential problems, and then make recommendations based on your needs, which may include further examination.
At Nancy Shiba, DDS we have incorporated an orofacial cancer screening as part of every routine dental exam for our patients. The importance of catching problems early is significant. It improves the patient’s long term treatment course, and provides the patient a greater chance for being able to repair and restore their health. An oral cancer screening is for us to identify any possible signs of mouth related cancer early.
How is the oral cancer screening done?
You may be surprised at just how simple an oral cancer screening is. It is a fast and painless examination, performed by Dr. Shiba. We will visually inspect, sometimes with a probe in hand, all areas of your head, neck, and mouth. The examination is to look for anything that appears to be unusual, new or different, or just out of the ordinary, whether in size, shape or texture. These changes may signal to indications of cancer, or possible precancerous conditions. While examining, we are looking for:
While examining for oral cancer, we take a look at the entire head and neck area. This will include your neck, throat, lymph nodes, jaw, chin, cheeks, lips, tongue, and the soft and hard palate. Dr. Shiba will visually inspect all of your soft tissues and supporting bone. An oral cancer screening is done for the entire oral cavity, including face, neck, and head.