Oral cancer screenings are a very important part of the dental visit for the patient. Most oral pathologies occur on the lateral borders of the tongue or adjacent floor of the mouth areas. The dentist may manipulate your tounge to carefully visualize these areas and to evaluate them for any untoward changes.
Certain lifestyle choices can have a great impact on the health of tissues and your overall oral health. If you are a smoker or heavy drinker, make sure to get regular screenings when you visit the dentist.