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Oral Cancer Screening in Mississauga

Early cancer detection for the mouth, lips, tongue or throat. Learn the signs and understand your risks.
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The signs and symptoms of oral cancer

Oral cancer is characterized from abnormal cell growth in the mouth, lips, tongue or throat. With early detection, oral cancers have a high rate of successful treatment. The people at the greatest risk for oral cancers are those over the age of 45 but regardless of your age, you should opt for oral cancer screening if you’ve experienced any of the following symptoms:

  • Discoloured patches in your mouth or on your lips including white or dark red in colour.
  • Unfamiliar lumps or unusual changes in texture.
  • Canker sores that won’t heal, numb patches or persistent bleeding.
  • Unusual feeling tongue, change in sense of taste and difficulty swallowing.

The risk factors for oral cancer

There are several behaviours and conditions that are associated with a higher risk of oral cancer. These include:

  • Smoking or consuming tobacco products such as cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco
  • Heavy or moderately heavy consumption of alcohol (especially combined with tobacco)
  • Possibility of human papillomavirus (HPV) infection of the mouth.
  • Excessive exposure to the sun; a lifestyle that includes lots of sun exposure.
  • A poor diet or poor eating habits.
  • Family history of oral cancer.
  • Oral cancer is more common in men than in women.
  • A history of leukoplakia (a thick, whitish-colour patch that develops inside the mouth)

Prevention, detection and treatment of oral cancer

Treatment will be planned on a case by case basis and will heavily depend on the severity, type and location of the suspected cancer.

Spotting early signs of cancer

The goal of an oral cancer screening is the early detection of cancer or precancerous conditions in your mouth. During the exam, your dentist will look over the inside of your mouth and under your tongue for red or white patches or suspicious sores. Your dentist will also feel the tissues in your mouth to check for lumps or odd textures and may also feel the outside of your throat and neck for lumps.

Diagnosis and treatment

If signs of cancer are detected during your oral screening you may be asked to undergo additional testing such as a biopsy (where a small piece of the suspicious tissue is removed for lab examination) or imaging tests like Xrays, ultrasounds, CT scans or an MRI. To remove confirmed tumours, surgery or chemotherapy or radiation therapy may be necessary.

Prevention of oral cancer

You can take steps now to help prevent oral cancer later. To help reduce your risk of oral cancer see your dentist regularly for routine exams, stop using tobacco products and drink responsibly, be mindful of your exposure to direct sunlight and use U/V protective lip balms, eat a healthy diet with plenty of fruits and veggies and during your routine brushing and flossing rituals, remember to check your mouth for signs or symptoms so that you can report any concerns to your dentist.

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Your consultation will include an examination of everything from your teeth, gums and soft tissues to the shape and condition of your bite. Generally, we want to see how your whole mouth looks and functions. Before we plan your treatment we want to know everything about the health and aesthetic of your smile, and, most importantly, what you want to achieve so we can help you get there.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any of the risk factors for oral cancer it’s a good idea to ask for an oral cancer screening at your regular dental exam. If you have discovered an unusually coloured or textured patch in your mouth or a lump or suspicious sore you’re encouraged to schedule an appointment to get it checked out.
Your dentist will examine your lips and the inside of your mouth including your cheeks, gums and all sides of your tongue. They will also carefully feel around for any lumps or unusual textures. The dentist may also feel your face, jaw, throat and neck for unusual lumps or tenderness.
Wash your hands with warm soapy water. In front of your bathroom mirror, you’ll want to examine the roof of your mouth, your lips, tongue and gums. Pull your top lip up and bottom lip down to see behind them. You may use a piece of gauze or a cotton pad to help you grip your tongue to check the sides and underside. Do your best to look at your gums, and use your fingers to feel the insides of your mouth. You’re looking and feeling for colour changes, lumps and bumps, unusual textures or tenderness. Let your dentist know if you have any sores that have not healed after two weeks.
Small, usually painless, flat patches that may appear red, white, gray or yellow with red edges. These small patches can affect any area of the mouth including the lips, gums, cheeks, tongue and the roof of the mouth. As a good rule of thumb, it’s a good idea to have anything that looks or feels unusual checked out by your doctor or dentist.

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Gursirat Kaur
4 months ago
I recently visited here for a check up and cleaning. My experience was great from start to finish. The staff, including the receptionist was very respectful and friendly. The cleaning was done thoroughly and gently by the hygienist, and the process was finished promptly. Highly recommend since they know their job well!
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Sheeba Fatima
4 months ago
I recently had a fantastic experience at Malton Family Dental. One of my friend recommended me to this clinic. The entire team was friendly and professional, making me feel at ease from the moment I walked in. The Dentist was very knowledgeable and took the time to address all of my concerns. From the thorough examination to the pain free cleaning, every aspect of my visit was top notch. I highly recommend them to anyone in search of a good dental clinic.
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This is a wonderful Dental Clinic. I would definitely recommend it to everyone! My family and I have been visiting their Brampton location for over 10 years and the Malton location is just as good! Jassy at the front desk is a beautiful soul. Nav the dental hygienist alongside the other Doctor were very gentle yet thorough with the cleaning procedure and very knowledgeable.
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Maneee
4 months ago
Extremely friendly receptionist, helped with every question I had regarding my grandparents and my treatment(s). The lady that cleaned my teeth I believe her name was Simran was very helpful, thoughtful and friendly. And the doctor was very efficient.
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Mandeep Sandhu
4 months ago
It was a very great experience. The doctors and staff are very professional and friendly. I had a cleaning and an x-ray done and they did their job very well. The lady at the front desk is very polite and helpful. I would recommend this Malton Family Dental to all my friends and family.
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Gursirat Kaur
4 months ago
I recently visited here for a check up and cleaning. My experience was great from start to finish. The staff, including the receptionist was very respectful and friendly. The cleaning was done thoroughly and gently by the hygienist, and the process was finished promptly. Highly recommend since they know their job well!
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Sheeba Fatima
4 months ago
I recently had a fantastic experience at Malton Family Dental. One of my friend recommended me to this clinic. The entire team was friendly and professional, making me feel at ease from the moment I walked in. The Dentist was very knowledgeable and took the time to address all of my concerns. From the thorough examination to the pain free cleaning, every aspect of my visit was top notch. I highly recommend them to anyone in search of a good dental clinic.
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This is a wonderful Dental Clinic. I would definitely recommend it to everyone! My family and I have been visiting their Brampton location for over 10 years and the Malton location is just as good! Jassy at the front desk is a beautiful soul. Nav the dental hygienist alongside the other Doctor were very gentle yet thorough with the cleaning procedure and very knowledgeable.
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Maneee
4 months ago
Extremely friendly receptionist, helped with every question I had regarding my grandparents and my treatment(s). The lady that cleaned my teeth I believe her name was Simran was very helpful, thoughtful and friendly. And the doctor was very efficient.
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Mandeep Sandhu
4 months ago
It was a very great experience. The doctors and staff are very professional and friendly. I had a cleaning and an x-ray done and they did their job very well. The lady at the front desk is very polite and helpful. I would recommend this Malton Family Dental to all my friends and family.
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