How To Do Your
Oral (Mouth) Cancer Checks
Have Regular Dental Doc-checks
Remind your dentist to do an oral (mouth) cancer check, not only by looking inside your mouth with a mirror, but by feeling your tongue and the insides of your lips and cheeks to check for possible signs of cancer, or pre-cancerous tissue changes.
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Video: NIH/National Institute of Dental and Caraniofacial Research
Your dentist may have a great chairside manner and make the process for you as painless as possible, but if s/he doesn’t take the time to check the inside of your mouth during your regular dental check-ups you are being put at risk.
Look in the mirror. Open your mouth and familiarize yourself with what your normal mouth looks like. Each month check for any signs or symptoms of changes that may have taken place. Call your dentist as soon as possible if you see any changes at all.
Resource: American Dental Hygienists Association