Oral Cancer Screening

Like many cancers, oral cancer can be treated quite successfully if it’s caught early. The team at Eltek Dental has the specialized tools and training to screen for oral cancer. This includes checking the palate, tongue, gums, and other tissues of the mouth and throat for lesions, lumps, abnormal cells, and other signs of cancer.

Oral cancer screenings can be conducted during your regular checkup or in a separate appointment. They are especially important if you have risk factors such as tobacco use, heavy alcohol use, sun exposure, or a history of cancer. The dentist will conduct a visual survey of your mouth and may also feel the tissues with a gloved hand. More in-depth tests include rinsing your mouth with a blue dye and using a special light to identify abnormal tissue. The dentist can also advise you if any follow-up is required.

I have a crushing fear of the dentist. I'm always so relieved after leaving my appointments. The hygienists and dentist are very sympathetic here and don't push things. They keep me involved in what's going on and let me know what to expect to help me keep my calm. I'm grateful to have found such a supportive atmosphere. I had to get a filling done and they gave me the choice of having sedative dentistry (where they put you to sleep) or a local anesthetic. They walked me through what I could expect from each and I chose sedative. It was the easiest appointment of my life!
Jamie M.