There are essentially three different phases involved in the regular dental check up performed at Kaitilin Riley DDS. The two initial phases of the appointment focus on cleaning your teeth as well as detecting tooth decay and gum disease, and exploring any needed treatment options. The checkup them concludes with a basic oral cancer screening.
Early diagnosis of oral and pharyngeal cancer improves treatment success. The American Dental Association reports that 1 out of every 92 adults will develop some form of oral or pharyngeal cancer in their lifetime. While the average age of diagnosis is 62 years of age, increased risk factors such as regular tobacco use, increased alcohol consumption, or a family history of cancer, increase your chances of developing oral cancer at a younger age.
The oral cancer screening portion of the checkup at Kaitilin Riley DDS is fast and simple. Your dentist] will examine your tongue, throat, face, and neck for any swelling or abnormal discoloration. It’s a good idea to let them know about any increased risk factors for oral cancer you might have.
If you have questions or concerns about oral cancer, or you are overdue for your regular dental check up please call Kaitilin Riley DDS at 805-238-3880 to schedule an appointment.