Oral Cancer Screening Specialist

Metropolitan Dental Care

Nicole Mermet, DMD

Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Midtown, New York, NY

Oral Cancer Screening

The goal of oral cancer screening is to detect mouth cancer or precancerous lesions that may lead to mouth cancer at an early stage — when cancer or lesions are easiest to remove and most likely to be cured. Every patient at Metropolitan Dental Care who is seen for a dental exam is screened for oral cancer.

People with a high risk of oral cancer may be more likely to benefit from oral cancer screening, though studies haven't clearly proved that. Factors that can increase the risk of oral cancer include:

  • Tobacco use of any kind, including cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chewing tobacco and snuff, among others
  • Heavy alcohol use
  • Previous oral cancer diagnosis
  • History of significant sun exposure, which increases the risk of lip cancer