The Hidden Benefit of Regular Dental Exams

When you book an appointment with your dentist, you are probably thinking about your teeth. Afterall, a dentist’s area of expertise is the teeth and gums – right? The short answer is yes. However, when you visit your dentist, you might be surprised to know that your best and most well-educated dental professionals are highly skilled in diagnosing and treating seemingly unrelated health issues.

We Offer More than Cosmetic Dentistry in Glenview

If you are interested in cosmetic dentistry in Glenview, our dental team will work with you to create the beautiful smile you have always dreamed of. However, before we begin any cosmetic dentistry procedure, we will perform a thorough examination of your mouth, including your teeth, gum tissue, lips, tongue, hard and soft palate, and jaw. During the exam, make sure to inform your dentist about any problems you have speaking, chewing, swallowing, or moving your jaw.

Oropharyngeal Cancer

Oropharyngeal cancer often starts as a tiny red or white spot, sore, or swelling anywhere in the throat or mouth. Regular dental check-ups (including those for cosmetic purposes) can improve the chances that any suspicious changes in your oral health will be found early – when cancer can be treated more easily and successfully.

Symptoms of Mouth and Throat Cancer

If you have a sore that bleeds easily or won’t heal, a roughened or crusted area, a hard or thickened spot or lump, numbness, pain or tenderness, call and make an appointment for a check-up immediately. A thorough examination of your entire mouth at the first sign of trouble is essential when it comes to the early detection of precancerous and cancerous conditions.