The American Dental Association recommends that you have a dental checkup and cleaning performed at least twice each year. The checkup starts with one of Dr. Eric Goldberg’s dental hygienists cleaning your teeth. This calls for special tools to remove all traces of tartar and plaque from your teeth and gumline. Once this is done they will polish away minor surface stains from your tooth enamel.
Once this is done Dr. Eric Goldberg will examine your mouth for any overt signs of tooth decay, periodontal disease, and oral cancers.
The ADA published research estimating that 1 in 92 adults will develop some form of oral or pharyngeal cancer in their lifetime. While it has a greater tendency to afflict people over the age of 60 other factors can increase your risk of developing oral or pharyngeal cancer at a younger age. This could include a family history of oral and pharyngeal cancer, tobacco use, and frequent alcohol consumption.
You should tell Dr. Eric Goldberg about any potential oral cancer symptoms or concerns you might have. This might include a persistent pain in your mouth, swelling, or a lump in your cheek. Pharyngeal cancer symptoms could also include a persistent sore throat, or a feeling like something is stuck in the back of your mouth.
If you are in the Exton, Pennsylvania, area and you need a dental checkup with an oral cancer screening you should call 610-363-6181 to schedule an appointment at Eric Goldberg, DDS Family & General Dentistry.