You may think that you are not a smoker and therefore you do not need to get checked for oral cancer, or you may believe that because you have never chewed tobacco or consumed other nicotine products that it cannot happen to you. Unfortunately, that is not the case, and it is critically important that you get an oral health screening on a regular basis. Oral cancer can happen to anyone. Oral health screenings are vital to the health of your mouth and when oral cancer is caught early, you are more likely to survive.
When you have your scheduled six-month hygiene appointment, it is important that the dentist take a look around your mouth for any unusual looking sores and other signs of oral cancer. They will check your mouth, lips, gums and tongue in order to make sure that there is nothing unusual that could be a sign of cancer.