Because oral cancer is often diagnosed in later stages, it is a particularly dangerous form of the disease. Consequently, the earlier we can identify potential signs of cancer, the faster we can begin treatment. As part of our comprehensive preventive care and routine examinations, Drs. K.B. Parkes, Gary Waltemath, and Karen Keenan and the team at Iroquois Family Dentistry can perform an oral cancer screening at our Nashville, TN, office during a routine cleaning.
About Oral Cancer Screenings
Oral cancer screenings are vital in the early detection of the disease. During a screening at our practice, our doctors will perform a visual and tactile assessment of the gums, tongue, and surrounding soft tissues. Because signs of oral cancer are not always obvious with the naked eye, a special dental scope can enhance the visualization of such abnormalities. If there are no visible signs, the doctor will palpate the tissues to detect any lumps or bumps. Undergoing an oral cancer screening is typically a comfortable process that takes no longer than five minutes.