Oral Cancer Screening: Essential Exams in Comstock Park

Oral cancer screenings consist of a physical and visual exam of a patient’s mouth and surrounding tissues. When it comes to oral cancer survival rates, two numbers are key: 40% and 90%. 40% of those who receive a late-stage diagnosis die within five years. However, the survival rate for early stage diagnosis is 90%.

Oral Cavity and Oropharynx—Mouth and Throat
Cancers that originate in the mouth (oral cavity) are labeled oral cancers. The oral cavity is comprised of the inside tissue of the mouth and cheeks, the lips, the tissue below the tongue, the roof of the mouth, and the front two-thirds of the tongue.

“Why only two-thirds of the tongue?” you might ask. Fair question. The answer is that the back third of the tongue is considered part of the throat.

Throat cancers, or oropharyngeal cancers, start in the oropharynx, the part of the mouth behind the parts considered part of the oral cavity. The oropharynx consists of the soft palate, the tonsils, and the throat.

How Are Oral Cancers Diagnosed?
Some oral cancers produce symptoms that prompt the patient to see a doctor. Others are found by dentists and doctors during exams. Thousands of lives could be saved every year if more people received regular screenings.

A visual oral cancer exam is relatively quick and convenient compared to other cancer screening tests. If an abnormality is discovered, the patient is referred to an appropriate specialist for further testing and diagnosis.

Be proactive. Ask Stewart & Hull Aesthetic Dentistry in Comstock Park about an oral cancer screening. We use the non-invasive VELscope as an aid in finding oral abnormalities. We also provide general and family dentistry, and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

616-723-8631

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan
49321

 


Clean and Beautiful: Dental Hygiene in Comstock Park

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Unfortunately, not everyone smiles all the time. But even frowns need to be clean if you want to maintain a high level of oral health. At Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park, we always stress good dental hygiene.

What do we mean by good dental hygiene? We mean teeth that look healthy and are free of decay. We also mean gums that are pink, and don’t hurt or bleed after brushing and flossing.

No one, of course, is immune to dental problems. It’s essential to establish a good brushing and flossing routine at home, and that you stick to it. We recommend brushing and flossing twice a day.

In addition to that, you should see us twice a year for a professional cleaning and thorough examination. The most vigilant brushing and flossing at home cannot totally prevent the buildup of plaque and tartar.

If your teeth bother you, or if your gums do bleed when you brush and floss, it’s a signal that you need to see us – the sooner, the better. Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park provides teeth whitening, Invisalign, porcelain crowns/veneers, and oral cancer screenings. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

616-723-8631

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan
49321