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Hazeldean Dental Group offers assessments and dental care, on a priority basis, for patients in advance of radiation or chemotherapy treatments as recommended by your oncologist.


Cancer Screening, Kanata Dentist


Oral Cancer Screenings and Oral Health Assessments 

Oral Health Assessments

At Hazeldean Dental Group we provide dental assessments and care on a priority basis for cancer patients in Ottawa, Kanata, Stittsville, Nepean and surrounding communities. If you have been diagnosed with cancer, you may know that radiation or chemotherapy can affect oral tissue and cause potential side effects. Pre-existing or untreated oral disease may also complicate cancer treatments.

We know patients with cancer may require special oral care. Complications from radiation to the head and neck from chemotherapy for any malignancy may compromise your oral health and quality of life, and may even affect your ability to complete your planned cancer treatment.

For some patients, complications may result in a decreased tolerance for treatments, postponed treatments, or possibly discontinued treatments. Oral complications may also lead to systemic infections.

Medically necessary oral care before, during, and after cancer treatment can prevent or reduce the incidence and severity of oral complications, enhancing both patient survival and quality of life.

Risk Factors:

  • Tobacco and Alcohol
  • HPV (Human Papilloma Virus)
  • Age
  • Sun Exposure
  • Diet

Signs and symptoms of oral cancer:

  • Lump in the oral soft tissues
  • Soreness or feeling that something is caught in the throat
  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing
  • Ear pain
  • Difficulty moving the jaw or the tongue
  • Hoarseness
  • Numbness in different areas of the mouth
  • Denture cannot fit anymore
  • Ulceration that persist more than 2 weeks

Oral Cancer Screenings Save Lives!

At Hazeldean Dental Group, your dental hygienist will perform an oral cancer screening at each and every dental check-up. Your oral cancer screening includes:

Step 1: Extraoral examination

Include assessment of the face, head, and neck. Observing any asymmetry or changes on the skin such as crust , color change ,or growth. All regional lymph nodes are bilaterally palpated to detect any enlarged nodes, their mobility and consistency.

Step 2: Intraoral examination

Includes assessment of the color, texture , any swelling, ulcerations, coatings or other abnormalities of the Lips, Mucosa, Gingiva, Floor of the mouth , the Tongue and the Palate (hard and soft).
Any abnormalities that persist for more than 2 weeks are referred to the appropriate specialist to obtain a definitive diagnosis.

Step 3: Double-Digit Probe

We will examine the floor of your mouth from the top and bottom simultaneously for lumps and white and red patches.

Step 4: Palate Tickle

Next, we will check the roof of your mouth for lumps and areas of softness on the hard palate, looking for white and red patches.

Step 5: Neck Caress

We will palpate your neck to check for enlarged lymph nodes and any sign of infection.

Step 6: Tonsil Check

We will depress your tongue to examine your tonsils for symmetry, enlargement, redness, or unusual bumps.

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Oral Cancer Screening, Kanata Dentist


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