Oral Cancer Screening Service

Diagnostic & Preventive Dentistry
Dr. Julie includes oral cancer screenings as part of your regular dental checkups. This is very important to your overall health as your family doctor does not include oral screenings at your annual physicals. By sticking to your dental checkup schedule, you can ensure signs of abnormalities in your mouth and throat are not missed.

What is oral cancer?

Oral cancer develops when there is abnormal cell growth in the mouth, lips, tongue or throat. It can appear as a lump, a sore that won’t go away, a growth or even discolouration on your tongue, lips, cheeks and gums. Oral cancer affected approximately 3,100 Canadians in 2003 with 1,090 of those cases resulting in death. Because oral cancer can be treated successfully with early detection, keeping your regular dental checkups is your best way to avoid the disease becoming life-threatening.

What are the signs and symptoms of oral cancer?

You can keep a look out for the same signs and symptoms we detect during your exams. If you notice any of the following signs, let us know as soon as possible:
  • White or dark red patches in your mouth, on your lips or tongue
  • Lumps or changes in the texture of the tissue in your mouth
  • Bleeding or numbness in the mouth
  • Sores or unusual patches that do not heal in your mouth or on your tongue or cheeks
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Changes in taste or sensation on your tongue
  • Unexplained bleeding in the mouth
  • Unexplained numbness, loss of feeling, or pain/tenderness in any area of the face, mouth, or neck
  • Persistent sores appearing on your face, neck, or mouth
  • Mouth, neck, tongue or lip sores that bleed easily
  • Mouth, neck, tongue or lip sores that do not heal within 2 weeks
  • Persistent soreness in your throat
  • A feeling something is caught in your throat
  • Difficulty chewing or speaking
  • Difficulty moving your jaw or tongue
  • Hoarseness or changes in your voice
  • Ear pain
  • A change in the comfort of your bite
  • Dramatic weight loss

What are the risk factors for oral cancer?

As with all cancers, there are risk factors that can increase your chances of having the disease. Oral cancer is most common in those over 45. Other factors that may increase your risk include:
  • Chewing tobacco
  • Smoking
  • Heavy alcohol consumption
  • Oral sex
  • Sun exposure to your lips
  • Poor diet
  • Genetics
  • Being male
  • History of leukoplakia
  • History of certain HPV strains

Diagnosis of Oral Cancer

You can check your mouth for abnormalities and contact us if you are concerned about sores, bleeding or discolouration. We will also look for signs of oral cancer at your dental checkups. We will check for lumps or tissue changes in your neck, head, face, and oral cavity. We will also check your mouth for sores or discoloured tissue and other warning signs. If we suspect you could have oral cancer a biopsy will be taken and the appropriate imaging tests such as x-rays, ultrasounds, CT scans or MRIs will be scheduled.

Treatment of Oral Cancer

The severity, stage and location of the disease will be the most important factors in the treatment you will receive. Your age and health will also be considered. The most common treatments will involve chemotherapy, radiation therapy and/or surgery to remove the malignant tumour.

How can you prevent oral cancer?

While you cannot completely prevent oral cancer, but you can help reduce risk with the following:
  • Schedule regular dental exams
  • Speak to your doctor about how to quit smoking
  • Stop using tobacco products
  • Limit alcohol consumption
  • Limit sun exposure
  • Use lip balms and lipsticks containing UV protection
  • Eat a healthy diet with lots of fruits and vegetables
Oral cancer screenings will help in the early detection of oral cancer to ensure you receive immediate treatment. For more information please call (905) 878-8528.
Milltown Dental

840 Main Street East, Unit 3,
Milton, Ontario, L9T0J4,

Practice Hours:Monday: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PMTuesday: 8:00 AM – 8:00 PMWednesday: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PMThursday: 8:00 AM – 8:00 PMFriday: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Additional Information: Alternating Saturdays: 8 AM - 3 PM


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Rita Fatallah
Rita Fatallah
Dr. Julie is the most confident, knowledgeable and passionate dentist I have ever met! My daughter was diagnosed with a mild tongue tie the day she was born and at a few weeks old, I started searching endlessly on where to have her release done. As a worried mom, I wanted the best of the best treatment and thankfully, I was recommended to Dr.Julie. Let me tell you…Dr.Julie IS the definition of BEST of the BEST!! The moment I met her in person, I knew my 5 week old was in good hands. This is the EXACT person you want doing a tongue tie procedure. All the staff are incredibly kind, professional and genuine. The clinic is very clean and organized. For each appointment, I was greeted immediately and was brought in right away. You will initially watch a detailed informative video and then will meet with the dentist outlining the procedure. She did not pressure us what so ever. The actual laser treatment happens quick, yes your baby will cry (it’s normal) and finally you will be taught the daunting yet IMPORTANT stretches. Make sure to NOT skip them. Thank you Dr. Boudreault for showing me how to do them a million times and not once were you bothered. God bless you all. Best Regards, Baby Rose’s mom
Steve Borrelli
Steve Borrelli
Wow ! First let me start off by saying thank you Anita & Nadia you both were unbelievable so helpful and respectful thank you for making me feel comfortable for my first time there. 2nd thank you to all the professionals in this establishment I strongly recommend this location they did a fantastic job. See you again !
Jennifer Murray
Jennifer Murray
Dr. Julie is amazing. She is extremely knowledgeable in her field and makes you feel confident while making the decision about your babies oral ties. We're so happy we went with Milltown Dental to fix our daughters tongue tie, we truly felt like we were under the best care possible. Thank you Dr. Julie and team!
Andreaa N
Andreaa N
Took my 2 month old for a lip and tongue tie. Dr. Julie was extremely knowledgeable, things I didn’t even know was part of a tie. I was so anxious going into the appointment that after watching the video and talking to Dr. Julie, I knew I had made the right decision in coming to this office. I also didn’t feel pressured at all, which also made me feel better about the decision. Everyone was very friendly and the office is very clean. Thank you Milltown Dental!! I Will definitely recommend to friends and family!!
Crypto Thumbs
Crypto Thumbs
Always 5 stars at Milltown Dental. The staff is so friendly and they really know what they are doing. This is my go to place in a Milton.
Jen Marriott
Jen Marriott
Dr. Julie is the best dentist ever!! I walked into Milltown Dental with severe anxiety and horrible teeth. With Dr. Julie's compassion, understanding, and master skills, I've left with confidence and faith that there's nothing we can't get through together. I owe my own and my family's smile to Dr. Julie and Milltown Dental. 💛
Kate H
Kate H
If I could give more than 5 starts I would. Not only is Dr. Julie incredibly skilled but she is the kindest most ethical and empathetic dentist I have come across. She has a top-notch informative consultation process for those looking to explore tongue/lip ties for their babies. The office itself is a clean comfortable environment, staff are efficient and very friendly.
Mike Jongkind
Mike Jongkind
Really fantastic experience here. Staff and dental professionals seem to genuinely care. It didn’t feel like they were just trying to sell me treatments. The hygienist I had was very professional and kind. The dentist was very personable and took the time to explain things to me. Would strongly recommend this office to anyone looking for a great dentist experience. UPDATE: I got invisilines here and the experience has been awesome. They explain everything in plain language and make it easy to understand the process. I was so impressed with how pleasant they made the treatment. Again, really great dentist practice. Strongly recommend.