Perhaps you're wondering what exactly your dentist or dental hygienist is doing when they hold your tongue out to feel around the base of your mouth at your routine appointment. Or you're told that you have risk factors for oral cancer and should see a dentist about them. Maybe you just want your question, "what is an oral cancer screening?" answered. According to the National Cancer Institute, cancer screenings should occur before symptoms begin to show. An oral cancer screening is a precautionary activity that can be done at every dental hygiene appointment. We'll walk you through the steps, the devices used, and what to expect after it's complete. We want you to feel prepared with potential questions for your dental professional and hopefully answer any you already have.