Along with a consistent daily oral hygiene routine the American Dental Association also recommends that you have a dental exam and cleaning performed by a dentist like Dr. Lien Ngo twice per year. This simple outpatient appointment will remove accumulated bacterial deposits from your teeth, polish away dental stains and detect developing oral health problems.
If Dr. Lien Ngo notices an existing or developing issue she can help you understand your treatment or preventive care options. The treatment plan she puts forth might be applied during the dental exam or at a secondary appointment.
Once she is done with this phase of the dental exam she will also perform a routine screening for any early signs of oral or pharyngeal cancer. You should feel free to let Dr. Lien Ngo know if you have a family history of oral cancers, or other increased risk factors such as regular tobacco use, or the frequent consumption of alcohol.
If you’ve noticed anything abnormal in your mouth you should let her know about it. This could include a lump in your throat, inflamed oral tissues, or a feeling like something is stuck in the back of your throat.
The oral cancer screening involves examining your tongue, throat, face, and neck for any swelling or abnormal discoloration. If Dr. Lien Ngo finds an area of concern, she will likely refer you to an oncologist or another local specialist for further diagnosis and treatment.
If you live in the Placerville, California, area and you are concerned about some aspect of your oral health, you should call 530-622-1987 to schedule a dental exam and cleaning at Brookside Dental.