Our regular dental checkup is designed to examine and address multiple aspects of your oral health. Even though this primarily focuses on the detection and treatment of cavities and gum disease, it also includes a cursory oral cancer screening.
The American Dental Association reports that each year 1 in 92 adults are diagnosed with some form of oral or pharyngeal cancer. While the average age of detection is 62 years old, increased risk factors, such as a family history of oral cancer, tobacco use, and alcohol abuse, increase your chances of developing oral cancer at a younger age.
Your dentist, Dr. Frank Celenza, generally performs the oral cancer screening at the end of your routine dental checkup and cleaning. This involves inspecting your tongue, throat, face, and neck for any swelling or abnormal discoloration. Be sure to let Dr. Frank Celenza know about any increased risk factors you have for oral cancer.
If Dr. Frank Celenza thinks there is a chance you might have developed oral or pharyngeal cancer, he will refer you to a specialist who can help you understand your treatment options.
Early detection of oral and pharyngeal cancer in New York, New York, significantly improves your chances of treatment success. If you’re concerned about oral cancer, or if you’re overdue for your next dental checkup, you should call Celenza, Frank DDS, PC at 212-327-2623 to schedule an appointment.