Oral Cancer Screenings

Oral Cancer Screenings- PHC Dental Care of Miami Florida

Our oral cancer screening process involves the detection and diagnosis of oral cancer at its early stages. Timely detection is crucial for successful treatment and improved outcomes. The following are some common treatments and methods used for oral cancer screening:

  • Visual Examination: Dentists and healthcare professionals perform a thorough visual inspection of the oral cavity, including the lips, tongue, gums, and the inside of the cheeks, looking for any abnormal changes, such as red or white patches, ulcers, or lumps.
  • Physical Examination: Manual palpation of the oral tissues is performed to identify any unusual masses or swollen lymph nodes in the neck that may indicate the presence of oral cancer.
  • Biopsy: If suspicious lesions or abnormalities are detected during the visual examination, a biopsy is conducted. During a biopsy, a small sample of the tissue is taken from the affected area and sent to a laboratory for analysis.
  • Brush Biopsy: A non-invasive method where a small brush is used to collect cells from the suspected area. These cells are then analyzed to determine if further investigation or biopsy is required.
  • Imaging Tests: Imaging techniques like X-rays, CT scans, MRI, or PET scans may be utilized to assess the extent of the disease.
  • Molecular Testing: Molecular tests, such as fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH) or polymerase chain reaction (PCR), may be employed to examine the genetic and molecular changes in oral cells. These tests can help identify specific markers or mutations associated with oral cancer.

Specific treatments for oral cancer depend on various factors, including the stage and location of the cancer, overall health of the patient, and personal preferences.

Treatment options may include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, targeted therapy, or a combination of these approaches. Consult with one of our professional dental staff about detecting oral cancer early and improving treatment outcomes.


An oral cancer screening is a thorough examination of the mouth, lips, tongue, gums, and throat to detect early signs of oral cancer or precancerous lesions.

Oral cancer screenings are essential for early detection and treatment of oral cancer, increasing the chances of successful outcomes and improved prognosis.

Oral cancer screenings are recommended for all adults, especially those with risk factors such as tobacco or alcohol use, family history of oral cancer, or human papillomavirus (HPV) infection.

During an oral cancer screening, the dentist or oral health professional visually examines the oral tissues and may use special tools or technologies to inspect suspicious areas more closely.

No, an oral cancer screening is usually painless and non-invasive. The dentist will gently examine the oral tissues without causing discomfort.

The frequency of oral cancer screenings depends on your risk factors and overall oral health. Generally, it is recommended to have an oral cancer screening during your regular dental check-ups, which are typically every six months.

Client Testimonials

"I've been going to PHC Dental Care for years, and I appreciate that they always include an oral cancer screening during my regular check-ups. It gives me peace of mind knowing they are thorough in taking care of my overall oral health."
Rafael L.
"As a former smoker, I understand the importance of regular oral cancer screenings. The team at PHC Dental Care was not only professional but also compassionate in explaining the process. I'm grateful for their dedication to my well-being."
Laura T.
"I recently had an oral cancer screening at PHC Dental Care, and I was impressed by their attention to detail. The dentist explained everything clearly and made sure I felt comfortable throughout the examination. It's reassuring to know they prioritize preventive care."
Davie J.

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