How you prepare
Oral cancer screening doesn't require any special preparation. Oral cancer screening is typically performed during a routine dental appointment.
What you can expect
During an oral cancer screening exam, your dentist looks over the inside of your mouth to check for red or white patches or mouth sores. Using gloved hands, your dentist also feels the tissues in your mouth to check for lumps or other abnormalities. The dentist may also examine your throat and neck for lumps.