Having a routine dental checkup performed every six months is important for maintaining a healthy mouth. The longer an oral health problem goes without professional diagnosis and treatment, the harder it will likely be to treat. To that end, every dental checkup performed at Lowery Smiles will examine and address all aspects necessary for maintaining a healthy mouth.
While the main focus of the checkup is centered on a dental cleaning and examination of your teeth and gums, it also includes a screening for signs of oral or pharyngeal cancer.
Research published by the American Dental Association estimates that each year one in 92 adults are diagnosed with some form of oral or pharyngeal cancer. Certain factors, like a family history of oral cancer, tobacco use, and frequent alcohol consumption, increase your chances of developing oral cancer.
Dr. Siti Lowery will perform the screening for oral and pharyngeal cancer at the end of the dental checkup. This involves examining your tongue, throat, face, and neck for any swelling or abnormal discoloration. Be sure to let your dentist know about any increased risk factors for oral cancer.
If she notices an area of concern, she will refer you to a specialist or oncologist to start the diagnostics and treatment process.
If you live in the Cary, North Carolina, area and you have concerns about oral or pharyngeal cancer, you should call 919-468-5501 to schedule a checkup and oral cancer screening at Lowery Smiles.