What to Expect at a Dental Checkup with Dr. Garg: Oral Cancer Screening

shutterstock 84246400 200x300 What to Expect at a Dental Checkup with Dr. Garg: Oral Cancer ScreeningLast week we discussed how new patients can feel respected, relaxed, and cared for with the most comprehensive dental exam from our Aventura dentist. Dr. Arun Garg offers some of the best preventive dentistry services with an extensive knowledge of dental health from gum disease prevention to dental implants. This week, we will discuss the diagnostics and screenings you can expect at your checkup with our dental office in Aventura.

Why Oral Cancer Screenings are Important

After a thorough consultation, determining your current and past health conditions, as well as your goals for a better smile, Dr. Garg will begin screening for different dental health conditions. This aspect of dental care ma actually save your life. How? With oral cancer screenings. According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, this deadly condition will claim 8,000 lives this year, mostly because of lack of awareness.

What Oral Cancer Screenings Include

At a dental checkup, Dr. Garg will not only search your mouth for cavities, but also the signs of oral cancer. Some symptoms include lumps in your throat or neck, difficulty swallowing, sudden changes in your weight/appetite, changes in your voice or the way your teeth fit together, ulcers that do not heal easily, and white lesions on the soft tissue of your mouth. If we detect any of these signs of oral cancer, our dental team will collect samples of te suspicious cells for a biopsy.

Who Needs Oral Cancer Screenings

Oral cancer screenings are a part of every dental checkup for every patient because oral cancer can strike anyone. However, some patients may be more susceptible to oral cancer than others. Therefore, these screenings are even more important. If you have a family history of oral cancer, smoke, or if you are over 40 years old, you are at a higher risk of oral cancer.

Dental Checkups in Aventura

Stay tuned next week to learn how we can help you prevent gum disease with dental checkups in Aventura. To schedule your first dental checkup with our Aventura dental office, contact our the Center for Complete Dentistry at 305-935-4991. You can also make appointments conveniently online.

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