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Oral Cancer Awareness Marietta, GA

Oral Cancer Awareness

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month. This type of cancer is most commonly found on the surface of the tongue, lips, gums or throat. Perhaps the most important fact about oral cancer is that early detection can save lives. In fact, patients have a 90% survival rate when it is caught at its earliest stages.

How do you detect oral cancer early? If you don’t visit your dentist for regular exams, this can be more difficult. Oral cancer symptoms include the following symptoms that don’t subside after about two weeks:

  • Persistent sores or lumps in your mouth or throat
  • Red or white patches in your mouth or lips
  • Feeling of something stuck in your throat
  • Change in the way your dentures feel or fit
  • Areas of numbness, pain or tenderness (including tongue)
  • Difficulty chewing, swallowing or speaking

If you notice any of the above warning signs, let your dentist know. At Gilreath Family Dentistry, we conduct oral cancer screenings during your routine checkups. We carefully look for changes in your oral tissues. We also use the leading technology of VELscope, which is a device that emits a special light that shows the cancer before it is visible to the naked eye. Rest assured that this procedure is totally painless, quick and non-invasive. Your dental insurance may even cover your annual oral cancer screening!

If the technology exists to detect oral cancer early and save your life, why not take advantage of it? All it takes is keeping your routine dental checkup on the calendar. There is no preparation required for the screening and it only takes a few minutes to perform – while you remain comfortable in the dental chair. If your screening does reveal any precancerous or cancerous lesions, we will explain the next steps for biopsy and follow-up. In honor of Oral Cancer Awareness Month, take a closer look inside your mouth today and take note of any suspicious discoloration, patches, sores or swelling.

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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