The Importance of Oral Cancer Screenings

Torbram Dental weighs in on the importance of oral cancer screenings. (Source: Cleveland Clinic, Oral Cancer Screening, last reviewed September 8, 2022, ).


Cleveland Clinic explains that dentists use oral cancer screenings to search for indications of cancer inside your mouth. They will conduct a dental checkup. They will inspect the inner surface of your cheeks, gums, lips, tongue, floor, and roof of your mouth to detect any unusual growths or irregularities.

Torbram Dental shares, “Oral cancer screening, during your dental exam, is important because it helps detect signs of cancer in the mouth at an early stage when it’s easier to treat.”

Can you get an oral cancer screening during your dental checkup?

Cleveland Clinic says that multiple healthcare providers can conduct oral cancer screenings, but it is typical for dentists to provide them as part of their regular dental exam.

Torbram Dental explains, “It is essential to understand that oral cancer screenings are not diagnostic, but instead help healthcare providers identify potential indications of cancer. If any questionable signs are detected, your dentist will then refer you to an oncologist for further evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment.”

What should you expect during this dental exam?

Cleveland Clinic guides that oral cancer screenings involve multiple methods. This includes visual exams, palpation, and the use of screening dyes and lights. Lesions, lumps, and bumps are examined, and oral screening tools such as toluidine blue dye may be used. Special lights can also be used with fluorescent mouthwash to differentiate between healthy and abnormal tissues.

Torbram Dental adds, “Preparing for an oral cancer screening is usually straightforward. Keep in mind the following:

Schedule an appointment: Contact your oral care practitioner and schedule a visit for an oral cancer screening.

Avoid smoking and alcohol: Smoking and drinking alcohol can play havoc on your oral health. Avoid smoking or using tobacco products; avoid alcohol for 24 hours before your screening.

Be honest with your healthcare provider: Be honest and open with your healthcare provider every time you go for a dental cleaning. Sharing your medical history and any symptoms, you may be experiencing will help them take care of your oral health.

Avoid eating or drinking for a few hours: Some oral care providers may recommend this. Eating or drinking before the screening can interfere with the examination.

Wear comfortable clothing: Wear comfortable clothing that allows easy access to your head and neck area, as your oral health care provider may need to examine those areas thoroughly.

Can you do an oral cancer screening at home?

Cleveland Clinic emphasizes that while some healthcare providers suggest performing monthly self-screenings for oral cancer, it is crucial to note that these should not replace bi-annual screenings at your healthcare provider’s office.

Torbram Dental advises, “You cannot stop going to your dentist for a thorough dental cleaning just because you follow an oral care routine. Similarly, home screenings for oral cancer are not a replacement for professional screenings.”


Cleveland Clinic shares that oral cancer is prevalent cancer that impacts the head and neck area.

Torbram Dental agrees, “Since it has alarmingly high mortality rates, early detection is crucial for timely diagnosis and treatment. Regular dental checkups offer the best opportunity to catch oral cancer in its early stages. To ensure optimal health, ask your healthcare provider for screenings every time you go for a dental cleaning.”

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Simrit has been working at Torbram Dental since 2001. She started her career with Assisting/Treatment co-ordinating and then moved on to becoming the Hygiene Co Ordinator in 2005. In 2012 she took on a new role as the Marketing Director. Though she loved being the Marketing Director, in 2015 she became the Office Manager of Torbram Dental. She completed her Level 1 Dental Assisting program with Career Canada in 1996 and then went on to complete her Level II Dental Assisting Diploma with Southwestern Medix in 1999. That is when she received NDAEB Certification. Simrit has been and still is an active member of the Ontario Dental Assistants Association since 2000. She enjoys hiking and traveling with her husband and two kids and loves to explore new restaurants, especially high-tea venues.

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Sana is a valued member of our dental hygiene team. In 2008 she completed her education at George Brown in Dental Assisting and in 2016 she earned her diploma in Dental Hygiene from the Canadian Academy of Dental Health and Sciences. Sana has been working in dentistry since 2008 and enjoys taking care of our patients and helping them with their oral health. She is married and is busy with her 2 young children. In her spare time, Sana enjoys going out with the family, trying out new places to eat and is looking forward to travelling with them in the future.

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Carrie has been working at Torbram Dental since 2001. She graduated from George Brown College in 1998 with a Dental Assistant Diploma and continued to further her education by completing a Dental Hygiene Diploma in 2001 at Durham College. Carrie is a highly trained and experienced Registered Dental Hygienist who continues to learn and grow by updating her knowledge to provide her clients with the best Oral Health Care techniques and information. Carrie is passionate about Dentistry and is known for her gentle and compassionate manner. She feels strongly about building lasting relationships and trust with her clients to help them understand that good Oral Health leads to good Overall Health. Carrie enjoys travelling, dabbling in decorating and a good Netflix series in her time off. Carrie resides in Halton Hills with her husband and two children.

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Supreet was born and raised in Punjab, India and came to Canada in 2016. She graduated from Sheridan College as an Environmental Lab Technician but later decided to change her career to dentistry. She completed her Level I and II Intra-Oral Dental Assisting course from George Brown College and graduated in 2023. In July 2023, Supreet joined the team at Torbram Dental where she enjoys working. In her free time, she loves to read books.

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