Every dental checkup performed by your dentist, Dr. Truong Nguyen, is intended to address the multiple aspects that go into maintaining a long-term, good oral health. While this starts with a dental cleaning and exam, it also includes a basic oral cancer screening.
The American Dental Association reports that each year one in 92 adults are diagnosed with some form of oral or pharyngeal cancer. While the average age of detection is 62 years old, increased risk factors, such as a family history of oral cancer, tobacco use and alcohol abuse, increase your chances of developing oral cancer at a younger age. Early detection of oral and pharyngeal cancer significantly improves your chances of treatment success.
Dr. Truong Nguyen will administer the oral cancer screening at the end of your routine dental checkup and cleaning. This involves inspecting your tongue, throat, face, and neck for any swelling or abnormal discoloration. Be sure to let Dr. Truong Nguyen know about any increased risk factors for oral cancer.
If Dr. Truong Nguyen has any concerns that you might have developed oral or pharyngeal cancer, he will refer you to a specialist for specific diagnosis and treatment.
If you’re concerned about oral or pharyngeal cancer in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, you should call Always Dental Care at 484.392.7687 to schedule a dental checkup and screening.