A Routine Dental Checkup Always Includes an Oral Cancer Screening

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A routine dental checkup with Dr. Nidal Obeid is designed to thoroughly address all aspects of a good oral health. Beyond merely examining your teeth and gums for cavities or periodontal disease, they will also perform a cursory oral cancer screening. Early detection and diagnosis will improve your chances of successful treatment.

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.

Your dentist generally performs 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. Nidal Obeid know about any increased risk factors for oral cancer.

If Dr. Nidal Obeid is worried that you might have developed oral or pharyngeal cancer, they will refer you to a specialist who can help you understand your treatment options.

If you are concerned about oral or pharyngeal cancer in Chicago, Illinois, or if you are due for your next dental checkup, you should call Family Dental of Roscoe at 773-327-6500 to schedule an appointment.