Oral Cancer Check For Prevention | Purity Dental In Mulgrave


Screen for oral cancer at your regular checkup.

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We complete an oral cancer check as part of your general check-up, but here are some of the most common signs you’ll be able to notice at home:

  • list icon Sore gums
  • list icon Loose teeth
  • list icon Changes in speech/difficulties speaking
  • list icon Difficulties swallowing and chewing food
  • list icon Mouth sores
  • list icon Swollen lymph nodes in the neck
  • list icon Tongue problems
  • list icon Weight loss


An ulcer or sore inside the mouth should heal within two weeks. If it doesn’t, it’s best to have a dentist take a look. If left untreated, it can become a health concern.

Oral cancer is cancer of the mouth, which most commonly involves the lips or the tongue. It may also occur on the:

  • list icon Cheek lining
  • list icon Floor of the mouth
  • list icon Gums (gingiva)
  • list icon Roof of the mouth (palate)

Catch the signs of oral cancer early and possibly save a life.


The sore, lump or ulcer in the mouth may also be:

  • list icon A deep, hard-edged crack in the tissue
  • list icon Most often pale-coloured, but may be dark or discoloured
  • list icon On the tongue, lip, or other area of the mouth
  • list icon Usually painless at first (may develop a burning sensation or pain when the tumour is advanced)
  • list icon Bleeding



Your doctor and/or dentist will examine your mouth. The examination may show a sore on the lip, tongue, or other area of the mouth OR an ulcer or bleeding

Tests used to confirm oral cancer include:

  • list icon Gum biopsy
  • list iconTongue biopsy
  • list icon X-rays & CT scans to determine if the cancer has spread.

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We perform routine screening for oral cancer at your regular checkup.