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Every dental exam performed at Crossroads Dental’s Waterloo, Iowa clinic is designed to examine every aspect involved in maintaining a healthy mouth. This includes a comprehensive dental cleaning and examination of your teeth. At the end of the checkup, your dentist will also perform a simple screening for signs of oral and pharyngeal cancer. Early detection improves your chances of treatment success.

Statistically, the average age of detection is 62 years old, but there are other increased risk factors that can cause oral and pharyngeal cancer to develop early. This includes things like a family history of oral cancer, tobacco use, and alcohol abuse increase your chances of developing oral cancer at a younger age.

If you experience symptoms of oral or pharyngeal cancer between exams, you should not delay in seeking professional diagnosis at our Waterloo, Iowa clinic.

This could include a persistent pain in your mouth which might also be associated with swelling or a lump in your cheek or gums. This could also be associated with red or white areas on your gums, tongue, or tonsils.

Pharyngeal cancer, commonly known as throat cancer, can have symptoms that include a persistent sore throat or a feeling like something is stuck at the back of your throat.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of oral or pharyngeal cancer, you should not delay in calling 319.291.3908 to schedule a checkup and screening at Crossroads Dental’s Waterloo, Iowa dental clinic.