Good oral health involves more than simply brushing and flossing to maintain healthy teeth and gums. Indeed, there are other oral health maladies that present significant complications for a large number of the American population. Research published by the American Dental Association found that each year one in 92 adults are diagnosed with some form of pharyngeal or oral cancer.
Statistically, the average age of detection is 62 years old, but there are other increased risk factors that can cause oral and pharyngeal cancer at an early age. This includes things like a family history of oral cancer, tobacco use and alcohol abuse. With early detection, your chances of treatment success improve significantly.
Beware of common symptoms of oral and pharyngeal cancer, like a persistent pain in your mouth, which might also be associated with swelling or a lump in your cheek or gums. This could also be associated with red or white patches on your gums, tongue, or tonsils.
Pharyngeal cancer, commonly known as throat cancer, can have symptoms that include a persistent sore throat or a feeling like something is stuck at the back of your throat.
Your routine dental checkup and cleaning at Whispering Pines Dental includes a basic screening for signs of oral and pharyngeal cancer. This involves a thorough examination of your tongue, throat, face, and neck for signs of swelling or discoloration. Make sure to tell your dentist about any increased risk factors for oral cancer you might have, especially if you have a family history of oral cancer as well as frequent alcohol or tobacco use.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of oral or pharyngeal cancer in Las Vegas, Nevada, you should not delay in calling 702-384-5070 to schedule a checkup and screening with Dr. William Robison.