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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.

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.