Your regular dental checkup with your dentist, Dr. Brett Riche, is designed to examine and address all aspects of maintaining good oral health. This starts by examining your mouth for signs of tooth decay and gum disease and cleaning and polishing your teeth. At the end of the checkup, Dr. Brett Riche will also perform a cursory oral cancer screening. Early detection and diagnosis will improve your chances of successful treatment.
Research conducted by the American Dental Association reports that each year one in 92 adults are diagnosed with some form of oral or pharyngeal cancer. While the average age of detection is 62 years old, increased risk factors, such as a family history of oral cancer, tobacco use and alcohol abuse, increase your chances of developing oral cancer at a younger age.
Dr. Brett Riche generally performs the oral cancer screening at the end of your routine dental checkup and cleaning. This involves inspecting your tongue, throat, face, and neck for any swelling or abnormal discoloration. Be sure to let Dr. Brett Riche know about any increased risk factors for oral cancer.
If Dr. Brett Riche detects any signs of oral or pharyngeal cancer, he will refer you to a specialist or oncologist to better understand your treatment options.
If you are due for your next dental checkup, or if you are concerned that you may be developing oral cancer in Farmington, New Mexico, you should call 505.592.0477 to schedule an appointment at The Dental Studio on 30th.