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Your routine dental exam at Premier Dental Care is an important element of maintaining good oral health throughout your life. The exam starts with a meticulous dental cleaning and polishing to remove all traces of tartar and surface dental stains. Your dentist will then examine your teeth and all other oral tissues to detect any problems. This includes a basic screening for signs of oral or pharyngeal cancer.

The American Dental Association estimates that one in 92 adults will develop some form of oral or pharyngeal cancer in their lifetime. While it has a greater tendency to afflict people in their 60’s and older, risk factors, like a family history of oral and pharyngeal cancer and tobacco use, lead to earlier development.

You should feel free to let Dr. Joel R. Bingham know about any potential oral cancer symptoms you’re experiencing. This might include a persistent pain in your mouth, which could also be associated with swelling or a lump in your cheek. Pharyngeal cancer symptoms also include a persistent sore throat or a feeling like something is stuck in the back of your mouth.

If you live in the Nampa, Idaho, area and you’re concerned about oral or pharyngeal cancer, you should call 208-466-6161 to schedule a checkup and screening at Premier Dental Care.