Oral cancer is a serious and potentially life-threatening condition that affects millions of people worldwide. Early detection plays a crucial role in successful treatment and improved outcomes. One effective way to identify potential signs of oral cancer is through self-assessment. In this blog, we will guide you through a self-assessment for oral cancer, helping you understand the signs and symptoms to watch out for and empowering you to take control of your oral health.
Start by understanding the risk factors associated with oral cancer.
Performing regular self-examination allows you to become familiar with the normal appearance and feel of your mouth and identify any changes or abnormalities. Follow these steps:
Inspect your lips for any sores, ulcers, or colour changes. Pay attention to:
Using your fingers and the mirror, carefully examine the inside of your mouth, including the gums and cheeks.
Extend your tongue and examine its surface, edges and underside. Note any:
Tilt your head back and examine the roof (palate) and floor of your mouth. Look for:
Open your mouth wide and say “Ahh” to expose the back of your throat. Pay attention to:
While self-assessment is valuable, it’s important to consult a healthcare professional if you notice any persistent or concerning symptoms. They can provide a definitive diagnosis and recommend appropriate treatment if necessary. Health professionals you could see for an oral cancer screening are MD, Nurse Practitioner, Dentist or Dental Hygienist.
Regular self-assessment for oral cancer is a simple yet powerful tool in protecting your oral health. By being aware of the risk factors and regularly examining your mouth, you can identify potential signs of oral cancer at an early stage, increasing the chances of successful treatment. Remember, self-assessment should complement regular dental check-ups, so make sure to maintain a good oral hygiene routine and visit your dentist or dental hygienist regularly for professional examinations and cleanings. Stay proactive and prioritize your oral health for a brighter, healthier future.
When you book your dental hygiene appointment at Pearl boutique Dental, we offer and suggest to new patients and returning patients a VELscope test. This test help with screening oral cancer and detect any abnormal tissues in the mouth.
Emma Johnson is the owner of Pearl Boutique, a clinic that specializes in teeth whitening. She is a registered dental hygienist and completed her diploma at Camosun College, which offers one of the best recognized dental hygiene programs in Canada. Emma also holds a health science degree in kinesiology from the University of the Fraser Valley.