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Oral Cancer Screenings

Oral cancer screenings are a vital general dentistry service to inform patients about the actual status of their dental health, particularly if they are anxious about certain symptoms and signs that they may have felt or observed regarding their oral cavity, throat, head, and neck.

The Napa Valley Dental Group in Napa, CA offers oral cancer screenings to patients, upon the recommendation of their dentist, to set their mind and emotions at ease, and to plan for further dental therapy as may be needed.

The Nature of the Screening

Oral cancer screenings can be done within five minutes. Even during a short visit, your dentist can gather a lot of information through a comprehensive visual and manual (palpation) examination. Additional time may be required on a case-to-case basis.

Cancer may be the cause of any changes in facial asymmetry, and other possible symptoms such as facial paralysis, unusual patches or growths on the lips, tongue, gums, and throat, dizzy spells, unexplained weight loss, lack of appetite, difficulty in swallowing, and swollen lymph nodes.

Screening before symptoms appear can massively help a patient who is nervous about the possibility of having cancer, to regain mental and emotional equilibrium.

How Your Dentist Does the Screening

To perform an oral cancer screening, your dentist will have to take your medical and dental history first. This will include an evaluation of your lifestyle habits such as smoking can encourage the development of malignant growths in your oral cavity or its nearby areas such as the head or the neck.

Some instances of cancer may be related to certain medical threats or conditions such as human papillomavirus (HPV). In some cases, cancer may become present in a person because of a genetic predisposition.

Your dentist, while making the screening, will consider all of these possibilities. After the visual observation has been completed, the 2nd part of the testing begins. This involves a manual examination or palpation.

Palpation is when your dentist carefully but comprehensively runs his hands over your neck, mouth area, face, head, and areas where your lymph nodes are found, to determine if any lumps or abnormal growths exist.

Should your dentist find anything unusual, additional screening may be recommended. Your dentist will confer or discuss your situation with a medical health professional. If cancer has been ruled out, your dentist will proceed to address any issues encountered during the screening.

Patients intending to undergo oral cancer screenings may schedule an appointment online or by calling (707) 257-2400. Our office is located at 2119 Jefferson St. Napa, CA 94559.

Our Happy Customers

Napa Valley Dental Group
4.9/ 5.0

Based on 91 reviews

Excellent care and wonderful front of house staff which makes such a difference. 5 stars! We were very happy with the dental work out son received in a caring and warm atmosphere.


I’ve never experienced a friendlier, more organized, more effecient group of professionals in ANY medically focused office of any sort. If your appointment is at 10:00, expect to be called in no later than 10:01..

Steve D.

The price was right the staff was above and beyond. I also had a beautiful doctor Kumar taking care of me do it was s very pleasant experience. She did the tooth extraction flawlessly and I’m a big man with big teeth. I had read reviews before I chose this dentist and the 5 stars in my opinion aren’t enough. They have a repeat customer and after a couple of disappointments it’s nice to be able to say that. Thank you Yuvika and staff.

Brett D.

I have the good fortune of having Dr. Bhullar as my dentist in Napa, Ca. He has taken care of my entire family, even putting my daughter through braces. He has done Root canals and Crowns, fixed broken teeth, you name it. We trust his work and his advice completely, and all his work has been outstanding. Dr. Bhullar takes time to explain all the procedures. He explains all the pros and cons of the treatment so that I can make an independent judgment.His staff is also extremely helpful! From the moment, you walk in the door, you sense this is no ordinary dental office (Thank You Laura) for your patience and help in explaining everything. You guys are the BEST!

M B.

Honestly I’ve always been extremely skeptical of dental appointments and have had a few bad experiences, but I could not be more relieved when leaving my appointment today. I definitely felt “”taken care of”” by the quality of care I received as well as their extension of help in multiple aspects of what I needed.Very pleased and again, relieved

Haley g.

I couldn’t be more thrilled with the Napa Valley Dental Group. The whole staff is absolutely friendly, accommodating, and truly genuine. Dr. Bhullar is detailed and gentle, his skills are second to none. I will be recommending all friends and family from now on.

Brian P.

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