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The American Dental Association recommends having a dentist perform a routine dental checkup twice each year. This will clean your teeth of plaque and tartar while also monitoring the health of every component of your mouth. Early detection of oral health maladies can significantly improve your chances of treatment success.

This is especially true for oral and pharyngeal cancers. It’s important to let Dr. Shelly Galvin know about any family history of oral cancers, regular tobacco use, or excessive alcohol consumption. These risk factors can contribute to the early development of oral cancers.

Early symptoms of oral or pharyngeal cancer might include a persistent pain in your mouth, which could also be associated with swelling, or a lump in your cheek. Pharyngeal cancer symptoms also include a persistent sore throat or a feeling like something is stuck in the back of your mouth.

The cancer screening is brief as our dentists typically perform it at the end of the exam by inspecting your tongue, throat, face, and neck for any swelling or abnormal discoloration. If they have any concerns, they will likely refer you to an oncologist for further diagnosis and treatment.

If you live in the Kansas City, Kansas, area and you’re concerned about oral or pharyngeal cancer, you should call 913-432-0765 to schedule a dental check-up at Westwood Dental.