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The dental checkups performed at The Center For Holistic Dental Medicine includes our dentist administering a comprehensive dental exam. This includes looking for areas of tooth decay, periodontal health problems and other oral heath maladies.

This appointment also includes a basic screening to detect early warning signs of oral or pharyngeal cancers. Detecting these serious oral health problems early can significantly increase your treatment success rates.

The American Cancer Society notes that the 5-year relative survival rate for a person with localized oral or pharyngeal cancer is 83%. This number decreases only 38% for patients with metastatic oral cancer.

If you have noticed something abnormal in your mouth or throat between your dental checkups you should not hesitate to set up a screening at The Center For Holistic Dental Medicine.

Symptoms of concern could include a persistent pain in your mouth, which might also be associated with swelling or a lump in your cheek or gums. Red or white areas on your gums, tongue or tonsils could also be an early sign of oral cancer.

A lingering sore throat or a feeling like something is stuck at the back of your mouth could also be an early indicator of pharyngeal cancer.

If an oral cancer screening reveals an area of concern Dr. Glenn MacFarlane will likely refer you to an oncologist to confirm the diagnosis and begin treatment.

If you are in the Red Bank, New Jersey, area and you have noticed a change in your mouth or throat, you should not delay in calling 732-530-4020 to schedule an oral cancer screening at The Center For Holistic Dental Medicine.