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The American Dental Association advises you to have a dental checkup and cleaning twice each year. This appointment is essential for cleaning your teeth and removing minor surface stains from your tooth enamel.

Once this is done our dentist, Dr. Raul Ramirez will examine your mouth for any developing oral health problems. This includes looking for signs of tooth decay or periodontal disease. If he finds an area of concern he will talk with you about your treatment options. At the conclusion of the dental checkup he will perform a basic screening for early signs of oral or pharyngeal cancer. It’s important to let the dentist know about any increased risk factors you might have for oral cancer. This includes a family history of oral cancer, regular tobacco use, of the frequent consumption of alcohol. Individuals over the age of 62 are also at increased risk of developing oral cancer. Should the dentist find an area of concern, he will refer you to an oncologist or other specialist to confirm a diagnosis and start the treatment process. Early detection can significantly improve your treatment success rates. The American Cancer Society notes that most patients with stage I to stage II oral or pharyngeal cancer can be successfully treated with surgery or possible radiation therapy.

If you live in the Metairie, Louisiana, area and you have oral or pharyngeal cancer concerns, you should not delay in calling 504-885-3255 to schedule a checkup with an oral cancer screening at Raul Ramirez DDS.