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The American Dental Association recommends having a dental checkup performed every six months to detect early signs of tooth decay, periodontal health problems, and other oral health maladies. Catching these serious oral health problems early can help apply preventive measures or start treatment to prevent further complications.

It’s important to note that while oral and pharyngeal cancer is more likely to afflict people over the age of 60, it can still strike at any age or stage of life. It can sometimes be attributed to an increased risk factor for oral or pharyngeal cancer. This could include a family history, chronic alcohol consumption, or long-term tobacco use.

Each dental checkup administered at Lacour Family Dentistry’s dental offices includes a screening for early signs of oral and pharyngeal cancer. This includes inspecting your neck, tongue, cheek, and throat and other oral tissues.

Should you notice any abnormal symptoms between your regularly schooled dental checkups, you should not ignore it. This could include a lingering pain in your mouth, which might also be associated with swelling or a lump in your cheek or gums. This could also include a red or white area on your gums, tongue, or tonsils.

Early symptoms of developing pharyngeal cancer development might also include a persistent sore throat or a feeling like something is stuck at the back of your throat.

If you experience any of these symptoms you should schedule an appointment with Dr. Kevin Lacour as soon as possible.   

If you live in the Lilburn, Georgia, area, and you are experiencing early symptoms of oral or pharyngeal cancer, you should call 678-368-4396 to schedule a checkup and screening at Lacour Family Dentistry’s dental offices.