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Maintaining a good oral health is important to all the dental specialists working at Star Dental. After cleaning your teeth and monitoring the health of your teeth and gums, our routine dental checkup will also include a screening for signs of oral and pharyngeal cancer.

The American Dental Association reports that one in 92 adults will develop some form of oral or pharyngeal cancer in their lifetime. Even though the average age of detection is 62, there are other risk factors that could cause early onset. This includes things like a family history of oral and pharyngeal cancer, tobacco use and increased alcohol consumption.

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 involves a basic inspection of your tongue, throat, face, and neck for any swelling or abnormal discoloration. Be sure to tell Dr. Sonny Ashfar about any increased risk factors for oral cancer you might have.

If you’re concerned about oral or pharyngeal cancer in Roseville, California, you should call 916.773.6222 to schedule a checkup and screening at Star Dental.