The American Dental Association recommends having a routine dental checkup and cleaning performed twice each year by a professional dentist like Dr. Mark B. Martin. This simple appointment will serve to clean bacterial deposits from your teeth, while also monitoring your mouth for any early signs of an oral or dental health condition.
This also includes a basic screening for early signs of oral and pharyngeal cancer. It’s important to let Dr. Mark B. Martin know about any increased risk factors you might have. This could include a family history of oral cancers, regular tobacco use, or excessive alcohol consumption. These risk factors can contribute to the early development of oral cancers.
You should also let Dr. Mark B. Martin know about any suspicious symptoms you may have experienced. This could include a lump in your throat, inflamed oral tissues, or a feeling like something is stuck in the back of your throat.
The cancer screening itself is brief as Dr. Mark B. Martin typically performs it at the end of the exam by inspecting your tongue, throat, face, and neck for any swelling or abnormal discoloration. If he has any concerns, Dr. Mark B. Martin will likely refer you to an oncologist for further diagnosis and treatment.
If you live in the Escondido, California, area and you’re concerned about oral or pharyngeal cancer, you should call 760-745-5416 to schedule a dental checkup at Mark B. Martin, DDS, MAGD.