Oral Cancer Screening & Biopsies

Oral cancer screenings are a routine part of Rolling Hills’ dental examinations.  Regular check-ups, including an examination of the entire mouth, are essential in the early detection of cancerous and pre-cancerous conditions.  Oral Cancer often starts as a tiny, unnoticed white or red spot or sore anywhere in the mouth.  It can affect any area of the oral cavity including the lips, gum tissue, cheek lining, tongue and the hard or soft palate, and floor of the mouth.  Although most of these spots are harmless, some are not.  If our dental care team notices a spot or sore that looks harmless and does not have a clear cause, we will most likely choose to perform a simple test, such as a brush test.  A brush test collects cells from a suspicious lesion in the mouth and those cells are then sent to a laboratory for analysis.  If precancerous cells are found, we will work with you to determine the most efficient treatment required.