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All Dental Checkups Include a Screening for Oral and Pharyngeal Cancer

Having one of our dentists, Drs. Paul and Brant Stanovick perform a dental checkup every six months is critical for reducing your chances of suffering from cavities, gum disease, and other oral health problems. This simple appointment includes a cleaning and polishing treatment, as well as a thorough examination of your mouth.

Should they notice an existing or potential problem they can help you understand your options for treatment or remediation. If they detect the early signs of cavities or gum disease, the dentist will present you with the most effective treatment strategy.

Once they are done examining your teeth and gums they will also perform a routine screening for any early signs of oral or pharyngeal cancer. It’s important to let them know if you have a family history of oral cancers, or other increased risk factors such as regular tobacco use, or excessive alcohol consumption.

Be sure to let them know about any abnormal symptoms you have noticed in your mouth. This could include a lump in your throat, inflamed oral tissues, or a feeling like something is stuck in the back of your throat.

The oral cancer screening itself only takes a few minutes an involves our dentist examining your tongue, throat, face, and neck for any swelling or abnormal discoloration. If there are any concerns, they will likely refer you to a specialist for further diagnosis and treatment.

If you live in the Mechanicsville, Virginia, area and you are concerned about some aspect of your oral health, please call 804-781-1919 to schedule a dental checkup at the dental practice of Paul R. Stanovick, DDS.

Oral Cancer Screening: What You Should Know

You know that it’s important for you to visit your dentist every six months if you’d like to keep your teeth healthy and strong—but do you know what actually happens during these treatments? Typically, we’ll clean your teeth thoroughly and inspect your pearly whites for signs of trouble—such as oral cancer. This cancer screening is very important, but do you know what it actually entails?

While you may think oral cancer is fairly rare, did you know that more than 50,000 Americans are diagnosed with the issues each year? Fortunately, this disease can usually be treated successfully—but the odds of a successful treatment increase greatly if the problem is identified early. One part of recognizing this problem involves asking a number of questions. We may ask you about whether you smoke or drink and how regularly you do so.

Our team will look for white or red areas in your mouth or for unusual sores. We’ll also inspect your face and tongue for unusual bumps. Afterwards, we’ll examine your mouth, neck, and jaw. While this may seem unnecessary, our team can recognize bumps and abnormalities that can’t be found by touch alone. We may also feel inside your mouth, including your cheeks, and inspect your lymph nodes, lips, and the hinges of your jaw.

If you’re interested in learning more about an oral cancer screening, please feel free to contact Paul R. Stanovick, DDS at 804-781-1919. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you have and help you schedule an appointment with our dentist, Drs. Stanovick and Stanovick. We’re excited to hear from you soon!