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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.