Oral Cancer Screening

Dr. Michael Plous will perform an oral cancer screening during your appointments in order to check for any signs of oral cancer or precancerous cells in your mouth. The reason these screenings are performed is to identify any potential risks early on. The earlier oral cancer is caught, the higher the likelihood it can be treated!

Why Do I Need An Oral Cancer Screening?

Oral cancer screenings are a good idea for everyone, as catching oral cancer early can improve your chances of beating it. However, it’s an especially important procedure for those who may already be at risk for oral cancer.

Below are a few of the risk factors for contracting oral cancer:

  • Alcohol abuse
  • Any kind of tobacco use – including cigarettes, pipes, cigars, and chewing tobacco
  • A previous diagnosis of oral cancer
  • History of excessive sun exposure

Please feel free to ask Dr. Michael Plous any questions or bring up any concerns regarding oral cancer and your possible risk factors.

What To Expect During An Oral Cancer Screening

During your oral cancer screening, the inside of your mouth will be thoroughly inspected for any color changes (red, white, or brown patches of skin in the mouth), open sores, lumps, bumps, or swelling. Dr. Michael Plous will feel the tissues of your mouth and neck for any abnormalities. In addition to a visual check, other tests may be utilized, including:

  • Rinsing your mouth with blue dye before the cancer-screening exam. This special rinse will cause any abnormal cells in your mouth to turn blue, allowing them to be seen more easily.
  • Shining a special light into your mouth. This light will make the abnormal cells glow white and leave the healthy cells dark.

We are Aurora's family dentist. Find a dentist near me today! Dr. Plous is our local dentist In Aurora, CO.For any additional questions about a cancer screening here at SpringRock Dental, or to make an appointment, please contact our Aurora, CO dental office today!

  • Learn More About Us

    Here at Spring Rock Dental, our goal is to provide you and your family with top-notch dental care in a friendly and relaxing environment. At your first appointment, you’ll have the opportunity to meet with our dentist to discuss your personal oral health concerns and any goals you may have for your smile. Learn more
  • Request Appointment

    Remember, we provide quality dental care to the citizens of Aurora, City Center North, Centretech, Expo Park, Village East, Utah park, Highline Villages, Sable Ridge, Centre Pointe, Lowery, Hilltop, Montclair, Sienna, Auburn Hill, Aurora Highlands, Kingsborough, Lakeshore, and Sterling Hills! Click Here
  • Get In Touch

    If you’re ready to take the next step by becoming a patient here at Spring Rock Dental, please request an appointment here or give us a call for more information!