Oral Cancer Examinations in San Rafael, CA

Hello, I’m Dr. Grey Kantor here with my father, Dr. Ezra Kantor, and we are Kantor Dental Group Aesthetic Dentistry and Implantology. Today, we’re going to talk about oral cancer examination.

This is a condition which is much more common than many of you think. And very dangerous. It can metastasize to any part of your body. And the key is to find it early. If you notice when you come in for your hygiene exam, both the hygienist and the dentist who comes in, will look around your mouth. Palpate for lymph nodes – is what we’re palpated for, even grabbing your tongue and pulling it out and looking down your throat and the sides of the tongue.

I typically save that for last. Because it’s the most invasive and uncomfortable. Just so you know, the reason I do that is because the, there’s a common place for cancer to occur. That is the lateral border of the base of the tongue. Which cannot be seen unless you pull the tongue out and is painless, so the patient doesn’t even notice it.

I have found cancer in the past and I don’t find it commonly. I find it, I’ve found that maybe three times. But each one of, each time we found those, we saved that patient’s life. They were primary lesions. In other words, this is the initial lesion of the cancer and it did not metastasize anywhere, and it was taken care of. So, just so you know, this is why we do it and why it is a necessary aspect of the examination procedure.

So, if you find any lumps or bumps in your mouth or just think it’s a good idea to get cancer screening inside your mouth, which it really is, definitely come to our office, Kantor Dental Group. And, we can, we do those exams at every hygiene visit. So that will be very helpful and very safe for our patients and our dental family.

What I think is also key for you is, you know, yeah, there also lumps and bumps. But if you have anything that bleeds and is painless even on your face, if you have something on your face that looks like a sore but, and it may even bleed, but it doesn’t hurt, that’s a bad sign. So, come in so for us to take a look at that. And I think that about covers it. So, thanks for your attention.

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