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The bulk of your routine dental checkup at Wyandotte Family Dental focuses on cleaning your teeth and monitoring for signs of cavities and periodontal health problems. However, the dental exam also includes a basic screening for signs of oral and pharyngeal cancer.

Early detection and diagnosis of these conditions can significantly improve your chances of treatment success while minimizing your chances of suffering undue complications.

While oral and pharyngeal cancers are more likely to occur in the elderly population, it is possible for them to develop at a younger age. Increased risk factors such as a family history of oral cancer, tobacco use, and alcohol abuse can increase your chances of developing oral cancer at a younger age.

The cancer screening portion of your dental exam involves a basic inspection of your tongue, cheek, gums, and throat for any aberrations. If you have been experiencing any abnormal symptoms you should tell Dr. Susan J. Cleereman. Should Dr. Susan J. Cleereman finds any signs of oral or pharyngeal cancer she will refer you to an oncologist or another specialist for specific diagnosis and treatment.

If you’re in the Wyandotte, Michigan, area and you have oral or pharyngeal cancer concerns, you should not delay in calling 734-282-2019 to schedule a checkup and screening at Wyandotte Family Dental.