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Oral Cancer Screening: Why Is It Necessary? Marietta, GA

Oral Cancer Screening: Why Is It Necessary?

Oral Cancer Screening

Over 60,000 American get diagnosed with oral cancer in a year & over 12,000 are estimated to die from this preventable condition. Oral cancer affects the mouth, lips, tongue, and throat and can quickly spread to other body parts. Thankfully, Dr. Gilreath at his dental office can detect the early signs of oral cancer through oral cancer screenings in Marietta

Continue reading more to know how to identify the early signs of oral cancer and why you should never skip an oral cancer screening.

The Signs of Oral Cancer

Oral cancer is dangerous & deadly disease, people usually don’t realize or notice the signs until it is too late. People are more at risk for oral cancer  if they have a history of tobacco use, alcohol, an unhealthy diet, or sun exposure on the lips.

Signs of Oral Cancer Are:

  • White or red patches in the mouth
  • Swelling in the mouth or throat
  • Numbness or pain when biting down
  • Bleeding in mouth
  • Husky voice

Keep in mind that you may encounter some or none of the above symptoms of mouth cancer. Fortunately, oral screenings can detect oral cancer symptoms early, so you have more chances of survival.

Why are Oral Cancer Screenings Necessary?

A dentist will suggest oral cancer screenings so you can preserve good oral health. Early detection of mouth cancer will give you a fairer chance of survival, & you should have the screening done at least once a year.

Oral cancer screenings are important for people at augmented risk for oral cancer. For instance, people with a history of smoking & using tobacco are more at risk of getting oral cancer.

What To Expect During An Oral Cancer Screening?

A dentist may suggest either having a clinical or oral examination. During a clinical examination, your dentist will inspect your mouth for white or red patches. They will also physically check for nodes that should not be inside your mouth. A clinical examination is simple & can be done during your routine visit to our dental office in Marietta.

If your dentist determines you need to have an oral exam, they will use a special screening device to check your mouth for early signs of oral cancer.

How To Lower The Risk of Oral Cancer?

The best way to control oral cancer is to quit consuming tobacco and alcohol. Both tobacco and alcohol use boost the risk of oral cancer. If you spend a lot of time outdoors, ensure that you put correct skin protection on your lips to control oral cancer.

You can reduce your risk of oral cancer if you:

  • Quit alcohol consumption
  • Smoking or using other tobacco
  • Use a sun shield on your lips when outside
  • Eat a healthy diet

Oral Cancer Screening In Marietta

If you notice any of the mouth cancer symptoms in your smile or have doubt, it is better not to ignore it, contact us to schedule an appointment with your emergency dentist in Marietta as soon as possible for oral cancer screenings. 

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

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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!

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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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