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Oral cancer screening is an important first line of defense in the early detection of the disease. Offering dental services would not be possible without taking into account this very important fact. We are among the few dentists in Barrie offering oral cancer screening, yielding several opportunities to catch oral cancer in its early stages.


This year alone, there will more than 3,200 new cases of oral cancer in Canada and that is not including those with pre-cancer diagnoses. Though more people die every year from oral cancer than melanoma or cervical cancer, more than 84 percent of cases can be caught early by a dental professional. No pain or discomfort felt, an oral cancer screening in Barrie takes less than five minutes and is performed at your regular check-up appointment. As you undergo the usual routine, the dentist will simply be checking for any lumps or abnormalities; any red, white or grey areas; or any tenderness that may be felt.


What to expect with an oral cancer screening is a top to bottom, front to back physical examination of your mouth, tongue, lip, and gums. A dentist professional will examine and inspect the floor of your mouth, underneath your tongue and the roof of your mouth. They will touch and inspect the lymph nodes in your neck and jaw, pull out the tongue with gauze for an inspection, and may ask questions about your smoking and/or drinking habits, lifestyle, and any health conditions or medications you might be taking that may affect the condition of your mouth.

Ideally you want an oral cancer test to be completed with every six-month check-up. All of our dental hygienists and dentists have training in oral cancer screening and examinations. If you have not been offered an oral cancer exam, please inquire with your next visit.


It also must be noted that if you find a suspicious area in your mouth or have found something akin to the symptoms of oral cancer, it does not necessarily mean that you have it. Statistically, a very small percentage of people with abnormalities are diagnosed with oral cancer. This is the truth though further investigation by a dentist professional is always recommended for all abnormal areas to rule out cancerous lesions. Thereby an oral cancer screening might include a biopsy of a suspicious area, if one is found.


Studies have shown that less than 15 percent of those who visit a dentist report having received an oral cancer screening. Molson Park Dental Office are proud to be able to play a role in augmenting that percentage, offering dentist services and oral cancer screening in Barrie serving members of the community.


It is our aim to continue to create awareness of oral cancer screening in Barrie and to promote these type of early discovery methods. If you have a suspicious area of your mouth or haven’t had a dental check-up in over a year then don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with Molson Park Dental Office. We will guide you through the steps of an oral cancer screening while measuring your oral health, providing you with the resources you need to keep your mouth, tongue, lips, and gums healthy.

Oral Cancer Screening
J Cave
J Cave
12:59 09 Jul 18
We moved to Barrie in 1997 and my family has been coming to Dr. Chapnick since then! We love the whole team and have never had a bad visit! I encourage everyone to come here .
Nikki Stephens
Nikki Stephens
21:37 06 Jun 18
I had such a relaxing experience for a tooth extraction. Super friendly staff. Now today is my son's first consult and he is having a great time in the play area. Highly recommended!
Kayla Lopez
Kayla Lopez
12:37 08 Jun 18
What a fantastic office, the staff are incredibly thoughtful and friendly ❤ And a big thank you to Monique, who was so patient and gentle with my kids, they're actually excited to go to the dentist if they know that shes going to be there. Highly recommend!
Cassandra Mckechnie
Cassandra Mckechnie
15:28 31 May 18
The staff here are always so friendly! I hadn’t been to a dentist in years before coming here. It’s a very stress free environment where you can relax while there.
Nadia Chalmers
Nadia Chalmers
19:04 30 Jan 18
Our daughter was 5 weeks old when she had a frenectomy done at Molson Park Dental and we couldn’t be happier with the experience and end results. The entire team was so friendly and did such a wonderful job keeping me at ease during the procedure. Also, our daughter started nursing 100 times better immediately after the procedure was done. We can’t thank you enough for allowing us to continue our breastfeeding journey pain free and allowing our daughter the ability to nurse efficiently :)
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