Your routine dental exam and cleaning at Pinecrest Dental are designed to remove all traces of plaque and tartar from your teeth as well as screen your overall oral health. This also consists of a screening for signs of oral or pharyngeal cancers. Early detection of these oral health issues is vital for treatment success.
The American Dental Association reports that each year one in 92 adults is diagnosed with some form of oral or pharyngeal cancer. A family history of oral cancer, tobacco use, frequent alcohol consumption, and other factors can increase your chances of developing oral cancer.
Dr. Tyler Williams will perform the screening for oral and pharyngeal cancer at the end of your dental checkup. This involves inspecting your tongue, throat, face and neck for swelling or abnormal discoloration. Please tell us about any increased risk factors for oral cancer you might have. If Dr. Tyler Williams sees any sign of oral or pharyngeal cancer, he will refer you to a specialist or oncologist to start the diagnostics and treatment process.
If you live in the Murray, Utah, area and you think you may need to be checked for oral or pharyngeal cancer, simply call (801) 503.0035 to schedule a cleaning and oral cancer screening at Pinecrest Dental.