Your twice-annual dental checkup at Robert W Marder DMD, PLLC covers several different important factors related to maintaining your oral health. While the majority of the checkup focuses on a thorough cleaning procedure and inspecting your mouth for signs of tooth decay and gum disease, the checkup concludes with a thorough screening for signs of oral and pharyngeal cancer.
It’s reported by the American Dental Association that 1 in 92 adults will develop some form of oral or pharyngeal cancer in their life. Even though the average age of detection is 62 years old, risk factors such as a family history of oral cancer, tobacco use, and regular alcohol consumption can significantly increase a person’s chances of developing oral or pharyngeal cancer at a younger age.
The oral cancer screening at Robert W Marder DMD, PLLC is performed rather quickly. The 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.
Early detection of oral or pharyngeal cancer greatly increases your chances of a successful treatment.
If you have questions or concerns about oral or pharyngeal cancer, or you are due for your regular dental checkup, please call Robert W Marder DMD, PLLC at 212-265-8291 to schedule an appointment.