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Each dental checkup performed at Ronald K. Rich, DDS, MAGD is designed to address the multiple aspects involved in maintaining good oral health. While the initial focus of the checkup is designed to clean and polish your teeth and detect any signs of tooth decay or gum disease, your dentist, Dr. Ronald K. Rich, will also perform a cursory screening for signs of oral and pharyngeal cancer.

Research conducted by the American Dental Association reports that one in 92 adults will develop some form of oral or pharyngeal cancer in their lifetime. While the average age of diagnosis is 62 years of age, other risk factors, like a family history of oral and pharyngeal cancer, tobacco use and increased alcohol consumption, increase the chances of early onset.

Early symptoms of oral cancer often 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.

At the end of your dental checkup, your dentist will examine your tongue, throat, face, and neck for any swelling or abnormal discoloration. Be sure to tell him about any increased risk factors for oral cancer you might have.

If you have questions or concerns about oral or pharyngeal cancer in Sugar Land, Texas, you should call 281-980-2537 to schedule a checkup and screening at Ronald K. Rich, DDS, MAGD.