Detecting Early Signs of Oral and Pharyngeal Cancer

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Each of your routine dental checkups is designed to clean your teeth while monitoring the overall health of your mouth. It includes a polishing treatment to remove minor dental stains, while also watching for early signs of cavities and gum disease.

The dental checkup concludes with our dentist performing a basic screening for early signs of oral and pharyngeal cancer. Detecting these serious oral health maladies early will improve your treatment options and treatment success rates.

If you have any oral or pharyngeal cancer concerns between your dental checkups, you shouldn’t hesitate to set up a screening with our dentist.

Early symptoms of oral cancer might include a localized area of swelling, persistent discomfort in your mouth or a noticeable area of inflammation. Pharyngeal cancer symptoms might also include a persistent sore throat or a feeling that there is something trapped in the back of the mouth.

If we find an area of concern we will likely refer you to an oncologist or another specialist to confirm the diagnosis and start the treatment process. If the cancerous tissues are limited to the throat or oral cavities your treatment success rates are typically high. If the cancer has spread to the nearby lymph node or another part of the body treatment success rate can decrease.

If you live in the area surrounding Weatherford, Texas, and you have noticed something abnormal in your throat or mouth, you shouldn’t hesitate in calling 817-458-9900 to schedule a screening for oral and pharyngeal cancer at Main Street Dental. Our dentists, Drs. Souvik Sarkar, Amandeep Basrai, Harpeet Sidhu, and Vishal Kulkarni are here for your oral health!