Having a dental checkup every six months by our dentist, Dr. Parker Long is essential for detecting early signs of tooth decay, gum disease and developing oral health problems. Detecting these problems early is essential for effective treatment.
While oral and pharyngeal cancer is more likely to affect people over the age of 60, it can still strike at any age. This can sometimes be attributed to increased risk factor for oral or pharyngeal cancer. This could include a family history, chronic alcohol consumption and the frequent use of tobacco. Dental checkups performed at Long Family & Cosmetic Dentistry include a screening for initial signs of cancer. Your checkup will involve the dentist inspecting your neck, tongue, cheek, and throat and other oral tissues.
If you experience any abnormal symptoms between your dental checkups you should schedule an appointment with the dentist. Symptoms may include a lingering pain in your mouth, and swelling in your cheek or gums, or a red or white area on your gums, tongue or tonsils. Initial symptoms of pharyngeal cancer could also include a persistent sore throat or a feeling like something is stuck at the back of your throat.
If you live in the College Station, Texas, area, you should call 979-846-0082 to schedule a checkup and screening at Long Family & Cosmetic Dentistry.