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The American Dental Association recommends having a dental exam and cleaning performed every six months. This is critical for the prevention of tooth decay and gum disease complications. Every dental exam performed at Dr. James D. Schuette’s office also includes a screening for signs of oral or pharyngeal cancer.

Early detection of these serious oral health maladies can significantly improve your chances of treatment success.

It’s important to let our dentist know about any increased risk factors you have such as a family history of oral cancers, regular tobacco use, or excessive alcohol consumption.

Early symptoms of oral or pharyngeal cancer might include a persistent pain in your mouth, which could also be associated with swelling or a lump in your cheek. Pharyngeal cancer symptoms also include a persistent sore throat or a feeling like something is stuck in the back of your mouth.

The cancer screening is brief, and Dr. James D. Schuette typically performs it at the end of the exam by inspecting your tongue, throat, face, and neck for any swelling or abnormal discoloration.

If you live in the Lee’s Summit, Missouri, area and you’re concerned about oral or pharyngeal cancer, you should call 816-554-7656 to schedule a dental exam and screening.