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A consistent oral hygiene routine is an essential element of preventing problems with tooth decay and gum disease. You also need to have a dentist perform a routine dental exam twice each year to further prevent oral health conditions and monitor the overall health of your mouth.

Each dental checkup performed at Dr. Singh’s office is intended to clean away hardened tartar and other bacterial deposits while also monitoring your mouth for early signs of cavities and gum disease. The appointment also includes a screening for early signs of oral and pharyngeal cancer.

With early detection treatment success rates for these serious oral health conditions are greatly improved. The American Cancer Society estimates that the five-year relative survival rates for oral and pharyngeal cancer that has not spread to another part of the body can be as high as 83 percent. However, this number drops significantly if the cancer spreads to a nearby lymph node or another part of the body.

If you notice anything abnormal in your throat or mouth, it’s best to schedule a dental checkup and screening with our dentist. Early symptoms of oral cancer often include lingering pain in the mouth, an area of abnormal swelling as well as a lump in the cheek or gums. Red or white spots on the tongue or tonsils may also be a serious cause for concern.

Early signs of pharyngeal cancer can sometimes manifest as persistent sore throat, or a feeling like something is stuck at the back of your throat. Many people with pharyngeal cancer also complain of discomfort when swallowing.

If you live in the Burbank, California, area, and you have noticed something abnormal in your mouth or throat, you should call 818-842-0709 to schedule a checkup and screening at Dr. Singh.