Get an Oral Cancer Screening as Part of Your Checkup

As part of your dental checkup, you can have an oral cancer screening. Cancer is a serious threat to your health. That is why it is important to get checked regularly.

Our dentist, Drs. Paul and Brant Stanovick in Mechanicsville, Virginia, cares about your oral health, and your overall health, which is why we have provided you this information on oral cancer screenings and why they are essential.

There have been reports that claim over 42,000 Americans alone will be diagnosed with oral or throat cancers this year. In fact, the five-year survival rate is on average 64 percent! It is also known that the earlier you can diagnose cancer, the better your chances are for overcoming it, making it essential get checked regularly. You should get screened regularly to catch it as early as possible.

Between your dental checkup times, there are signs you can watch out for that could be symptoms of oral cancer, such as:

-Patches in your mouth or throat: If you see white, red, or speckled spots inside your mouth, this could be a warning sign you have cancer.
-Inflammation: If you see any swelling in your mouth or gums, along with any lumps or bumps you can’t explain, this could be a sign of cancer.
-Throat pain: If your throat feels like something is stuck in it, or if you feel pain when breathing or swallowing, it could be a tumor living in your throat.
-Sensitivity in your gums and throat: If you are experiencing any numbness or pain and tenderness in your mouth, throat and even neck, be sure to get checked out right away for the safety of your oral health.
-Lack of movement: If you have difficulty speaking, chewing, swallowing, moving your jaw or tongue around, you could be experiencing oral cancer.

If you are experiencing any of these warning symptoms, be sure to call us for an oral cancer screening.

Our dental team is happy to provide you with high-quality care and answer any oral health questions you may have. To make an appointment at Paul R. Stanovick, DDS, please call 804-781-1919 and talk to a member of our friendly staff. Our dental team looks forward to your call

Keeping Ahead of COVID-19

Providing a safe environment for treatment and control for infectious disease is always a priority at Paul Stanovick DDS. Our expansive reception area and large outdoor deck provides space to easily support regulations surrounding social distancing. The treatment rooms provide an extra layer of protection as they are sanitized between each patient and provide clean air through air purifiers located in each room. We encourage that all patients schedule for their essential or ongoing treatment. Proactively treating your dental needs will benefit both your health and reduce the need for corrective treatment over time. We do ask that any high-risk patients postpone any elective dental treatment at this time. You will see some changes during your next appointment as we have added precautions to protect patients and staff. All patients will be asked to fill out a COVID-19 screening form as well as have their temperature taken. You will be asked to enter the building with use of facial protection and asked to wear it until you are in the treatment room. Hand sanitizer is also available throughout the whole building for your use. You may notice that our magazine and children’s books have been removed from the reception area as they are harder to disinfect. We have installed plexiglass around our front reception area for added distancing between front staff and patients waiting for appointments. Air purifiers have been placed in every operatory with two larger purifiers in the front and back of the office. We have provided face shields, lab jackets and barrier gowns for all clinical staff. Our hours of operation will still remain Monday -Friday 8am-5pm. We are trying our best to re-appoint patients that missed March 2020 & April 2020 dental appointments. We are looking forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about treatment and the safety precautions we are taking here at the practice. If you would like to make an appointment you can give us a call or text 804.781.1919. Thank you for your patience during these changing times and for your trust in us with taking care of your dental needs. Sincerely, Dr. Paul Stanovick, Dr. Brant Stanovick, and Staff.