Along with a consistent daily oral hygiene routine, having a dental checkup performed twice a year is essential for maintaining a healthy mouth. Each of these outpatient appointments consists of a dental hygienist performing a dental cleaning and polishing treatment.
Once this is done our dentist will administer a detailed oral exam to detect any early signs of tooth decay or periodontal disease. This segment of the appointment also includes a preliminary screening for any signs of oral or pharyngeal cancer. Catching these oral health problems early will go a long way toward improving your chances for successful treatment.
The University of Rochester Medical Center notes that the 5-year relative survival rate for individuals with early-stage oral or pharyngeal cancer 83%. However, this number drops significantly if delayed diagnosis allows cancer spread to a nearby lymph node or metastasized to another part of the body.
If you notice any abnormalities in your mouth and throat between your dental checkups, you shouldn’t procrastinate having Dr. [doctor_name] administer a screening.
Common warning signs of developing oral cancer often include a persistent pain in your mouth, which could also be associated with a localized area of swelling or a lump. Pharyngeal cancer, which is also known as throat cancer, can also cause a persistent sore throat or a feeling like something is stuck in the back of your throat.
If out dentist finds an area of concern [heshe] will refer you to an oncologist or other specialist to confirm a diagnosis and start the treatment process.
If you live in the [city], [state], area and you have an oral health concern, you should call [phone] to schedule a dental checkup at [practice_name].