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Oral Cancer Screening

In North America, a person dies of oral cancer every hour. This high mortality rate is highly attributed to late diagnosis, which can make treatment ineffective. Complete oral cancer screening can be done to detect the disease early and increase the chances of successful treatment and survival.
We always advise our patients to plan for oral cancer screening at our clinic at least once every year, usually during their checkup appointment. Our qualified dentists are able to detect the early signs of oral cancer, refer you to the appropriate medical professionals if anything is suspected, and help save your life.

301 Queen st south, unit 3c,
Bolton Ontario L7E 2B1
Tel.: 905-533-2030
Fax: 905-533-2032

Common signs of oral cancer

In the early stages, oral cancer is often painless. You may begin to experience a burning sensation in the mouth as the cancer grows. Contact Smiles on Queen for oral cancer screening if you experience any of the symptoms below for more than two weeks:

  • Sores or ulcers in the mouth that last for more than two weeks
  • White or red patches on the tongue as well as other areas like cheeks and gums
  • Lumps or bumps anywhere in the mouth or on the throat and neck
  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing food
  • A sensation of something stuck in the throat
  • A sore throat that never goes away
  • Changes in voice
  • Numbness and pain/bleeding in the mouth
  • Pain in the ears

Keep in mind that in many patients, symptoms do not appear until late into the cancer progression. When they do appear, they may be in areas of the mouth difficult for you to see, such as the roof of the mouth, the back of the throat, or the posterior sides of the tongue.

When the first baby teeth begin to appear, a soft washcloth or soft brush may be used to clean the teeth, preferably twice a day and after feeding. A small amount (size of a green pea) of non fluoridated toothpaste may be used, and once the child is old enough to spit, they may graduate to a fluoridated toothpaste. Avoid tooth pastes and polishes that contain harsh abrasives. Most young children are not able to brush on their own so having an adult help out or supervise is always recommended.

Are you at risk of oral cancer?

It is important for everyone to visit a dentist for oral cancer screening at least once every year. The screening is normally done during the regular dental checkups to help detect the disease early and develop a treatment plan. It’s important to know if you are more susceptible to oral cancer.


  • Men are more likely to get oral cancer than women
  • People over 55 are more at risk of oral cancer
  • Diseases: If you suffer from HPV, you are at an increased risk of oral cancer
  • Family history: If you have someone within your family who had oral cancer, you are also at an increased risk.
  • Lifestyle: Heavy drinkers and smokers are more likely to get oral cancer than those who have never smoked or drank.
  • Excessive sun exposure can also put you at an increased risk, especially of skin cancers secondary to burns.


Quality Dentistry
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Quality Dentistry
Beautiful smiles


Quality Dentistry
Beautiful smiles

301 Queen st south, unit 3c, Bolton Ontario L7E 2B1

Treatment for oral cancer – What if we find something?

In most cases, the screening will be done and indicate that there is nothing to worry about. However, there are situations whereby after performing the exam, the dentist may find dangerous growths or suspicious bumps. If necessary, our dentist will ask you to come back for a second visit so that they may have another look.

Further exams can be done if the area has not improved, which may include a biopsy which is evaluated by an oral pathologist. If a biopsy is done and it reveals cancerous tissues are present, you will be referred to the appropriate medical professional.
Have any questions regarding oral cancer screening? We’ll be happy to help you in any way we can.

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Daniel Hardison
Daniel Hardison
14:07 17 Feb 18
I am beyond grateful to the staff at the Smiles On Queen. I until the past 6 months had allowed my health and especially my dental health to rapidly decline. I had avoided the dentist for close to a decade and had a lot of fear, shame and embarrassment regarding the state of my teeth. From the moment I entered the office and furthermore on my call to book my appointment I was met with a degree of compassion and understanding that quite honestly has left me overwhelmed. The care, patience and expertise of the hygienist was extraordinary. Additionally the receptionist was equally as kind and understanding. Thank you - you have done so much for my self esteem - I can smile again without having to worry about the appearance of my teeth. I would highly recommend this office to anyone.
Aaron J. Jones
Aaron J. Jones
08:09 20 Feb 18
I was referred to this office by a friend because they offer IV sedation. I was very anxious at the dentist before but I was able to remove my wisdom teeth and I did not feel pain or discomfort. The dentist Dr. Lawrence was confident and told me what I was to expect afterward in terms of minor swelling and they also told me to come back if I have any problems but I am fine and happy. Overall I am happy this office was able to see me and they are great.
Julia Austerlitz
Julia Austerlitz
16:40 14 Feb 18
This dental office is staffed with some of the best people you will ever meet. First of all I would like to say that I’m really afraid dentists (I think its dentistophobia 😊), I've been to over 5 different ones with the same negative results from all. My mother is a cancer survivor and suggested that I check out her dental office...so I did. I was greeted by a team of fantastic people concerned with nothing but my well being. These people are angels sent here to help others in a time of difficulty, it is, honestly an absolutely amazing place.
phillipa cam
phillipa cam
17:50 26 Feb 18
My experience with both Dr Hung and Dr Norsen has been great and their office staff are very welcoming! I was well informed in details of my treatments and felt safe and secure for them to perform it. Both dentist are very gentle and does a phenomenal job. I was happy with my filling when it was done and I'd recommend these guy to every one. 😄
James Edwards
James Edwards
04:00 26 Feb 18
This was by far one of the best dental experiences I've ever had. I have a huge fear of the dentist and was open about my fears upon arrival. Dr. Norsen was kind, caring and catered to my needs and phobia. I 100% recommend this dental facility. I also felt nothing while receiving my fillings and I'm very hard to freeze and had a lot of work that needed to be done. Over all an awesome experience for the dentist.
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