Closeup of a man smiling with his hand on his chin
Common names for oral cancer include mouth cancer, tongue cancer, tonsil cancer and throat cancer.

Part of an oral cancer check is feeling the neck as well as examining the back section of the tongue and the base where the tongue attaches to the floor of your mouth. Lips, cheek lining, gums, tongue, floor of the mouth beneath the tongue and the hard palate that makes up the roof of your mouth are all examined during your dental visits.

Be proactive to avoid this serious illness. As I said in my last office blog, oral cancer screenings to check for abnormalities are an important part of your six month dental hygiene appointment. Physicians rarely perform this evaluation so it is imperative that you see your dentist. You may not be able to see discoloration or a sore on your own, which makes the six month check up at our office or the dental office of your choice extremely important. If you did not read my office blog last week regarding oral cancer, please do so today. I offer free oral cancer screening to any patient, even if that person is not a patient of record in my office. Call us to schedule your free screening.