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Keeping Oral Cancer in Check Marietta, GA

Keeping Oral Cancer in Check

Perhaps the most important fact to know about oral cancer is that by detecting it early, you can save your life. In the United States, oral cancer is projected to cause 8,000 deaths this year, killing roughly 1 person per hour, 24 hours per day. According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, “the death rate associated with this cancer is particularly high not because it is hard to discover or diagnose, but due to the cancer being routinely discovered late in its development.”

Dr. Gilreath of Gilreath Family Dentistry performs oral cancer screenings as part of patients’ routine dental exam. Because you may only see your dentist twice a year for a check-up, it is imperative that you perform your own oral cancer self-checks. Carefully exam your lips, gums, tongue and cheek periodically for the following symptoms that may indicate oral cancer:

  • Red or white patches in your mouth
  • An ulcer or sore that does not heal and/or bleeds easily
  • A blood blister that does not heal
  • A thick or hard spot or lump that may or may not be painful
  • A roughened or crusted area or sore
  • Numbness anywhere in your mouth
  • Pain and tenderness
  • Changes in the way your teeth fit together when you bite down
  • Pain when chewing or swallowing
  • Difficulty when swallowing or moving your jaw
  • Difficulty moving your tongue
  • Changes in your speech such as slurring or lack of clarity
  • Loose teeth and/or sore gums
  • Altered taste
  • Swollen lymph glands

Again, remember that early detection of oral cancer means highly treatable. Always let your dentist know if you experience any of the above signs and symptoms so that you can take the next appropriate steps towards a healthy mouth and healthy you!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Our Client Reviews
Gilreath Family Dentistry

5.0 / 5.0

Based on 307 reviews


Dr. Gilreath is incredible with my kids. They love going to the dentist now! And this busy mom loves the warm neck wraps, the soft music and enjoying a latte while I relax!

Kenneth H.

Was lucky enough to find these guys when I got insurance that my old dentist did not take. Very professional and friendly staff! Office has the latest greatest technology as well. If you're looking for a new dentist, search no further!

Susie L.

Very personable and friendly, they took the time to go over my complex dental history and did not pressure me into anything. They gave their recommendations and priced out any options I had. Great group!

Camille Y.

Dr. Gilreath and his staff are top notch. I received the best cleaning I've ever had while watching my favorite show. The Doctor and his staff were all very polite, friendly, and courteous. They explained everything to me clearly and presented me with options in a gentle way that didn't make me feel pressured at all. It's obvious they really care about the wellbeing of their patients. The facility and equipment is really nice as well. I will definitely be back!

Juan R.

Always willing to work around my kids and my schedules. Today I had a long appointment. They started on time and always made sure I was comfortable and that the pain was managed so the procedure could’ve been completed without issues. Very courteous and professional staff.

Lucia B.

Awesome dental practice! The staff is friendly and efficient. Dr. Gilreath is thorough and versed in the latest technology and procedures. I love that he can make crowns in the office while you wait (so no walking around with a temporary crown for days or weeks). I would strongly recommend this dental practice!

Matthew W.

I've been going here for about a little over a year now. I've had a few cleanings, a filling, and started Invisiline so far. Hands down, the best run dental office I've ever been to. In the past at other dental offices I often had to wait 30 or more minutes beyond my appointment time before being seen. At Dr. Gilreath's office I've been seen on time every time. They seem to have systems in place to make every part of your visit run smoothly. From how they took x-rays, to billing and appointments, to the work done by the hygienist/dentist, everything seems to run like a well oiled machine. On top of that all the staff are all friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The office space itself is also quite nice. Very clean, well maintained, and seems very "up to date" with their equipment. If you're looking for a dentist and are anywhere in the northwest metro area I would highly recommend Dr. Gilreath.

Jhion R.

The staff is always so courteous and personable. They make us feel like family every time we have an appointment. Service is excellent, too. My wife recently went for a cleaning and Dr. Gilreath noticed a chip in one of her fillings. He knew we recently had another baby and that her time was very limited so he went ahead and did the filling right then and there, an extra thirty minutes tops. Dr. Gilreath is always looking at the big picture and really knows his stuff. We will never go anywhere else

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Gilreath Family Dentistry

200 White St NW
Marietta, GA 30060

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