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Maintaining good oral health encompasses several critical aspects. Every dental checkup performed at Innovative Dentistry is designed to clean or monitor the health of your mouth. Beyond the basic dental cleaning and maintaining gum health, Dr. Angela Catalano also includes a basic screening for signs of oral and pharyngeal cancer.

The American Dental Association reports that one in 92 adults will develop some form of oral or pharyngeal cancer in their lifetime. While the average age of diagnosis is 62 years old, risk factors, like a family history of oral and pharyngeal cancer and tobacco use, lead to earlier development.

Early symptoms of oral cancer often include a persistent pain in your mouth, which could also be associated with swelling or a lump in your cheek. Pharyngeal cancer symptoms include a persistent sore throat or a feeling like something is stuck in the back of your mouth.

At the conclusion of your dental checkup, your dentist will examine your tongue, throat, face, and neck for any swelling or abnormal discoloration. Be sure to tell her about any increased risk factors you might have or any symptoms you’ve experienced.

If you are concerned about oral or pharyngeal cancer in Las Vegas, Nevada, you should call (702) 508-0191 to schedule a checkup and screening at Innovative Dentistry.

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