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Having a dentist perform a routine dental checkup, every six months is essential for detecting early signs of cavities gum disease and other oral health issues. Catching these problems early often improves treatment options and success rates.

Each of Dr. Nancy Urquiola’s dental checkups also includes a basic screening for early signs of oral and pharyngeal cancer. While these conditions more likely to affect people over the age of 60, they can still occur at any age. Increased risk factor for oral or pharyngeal cancer could include a family history, frequent alcohol consumption, and the tobacco use.

The oral cancer screening involves Dr. Nancy Urquiola inspecting your neck, tongue, cheek, and throat and other oral tissues. If you experience any abnormal symptoms you should let her know.

This might involve a lingering pain in your mouth, which could also be associated with swelling in your cheek or gums. Discolored soft tissues or other aberrations on your gums, tongue or tonsils could also be a cause for concern.

Pharyngeal cancer, which is sometimes referred to as throat cancer, could also include a persistent sore throat or a feeling like something is stuck at the back of your throat.

If you live in the region around Ann Arbor, Michigan, and you have noticed something abnormal in your mouth or throat, you should call 734-973-7450 to schedule a dental checkup and oral cancer screening at Urquiola Dental Center PC.