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The American Dental Association recommends that you have a routine dental checkup performed every six months to help clean your teeth, as well as monitor your mouth for any early signs of cavities, gum disease, or developing oral health conditions.

This includes a basic screening to detect any early signs of oral or pharyngeal cancer. Early detection and diagnosis of these serious oral health problems can significantly increase your long-term treatment success rate.

The ADA and the American Cancer Society note that the 5-year relative survival rate for an individual with localized disease diagnosis is 83%, compared with only 38% for patients with metastatic cancer.

If you experience symptoms of oral or pharyngeal cancer between your regularly scheduled dental checkups you should schedule an appointment at Gregg Balis DDS.

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

Pharyngeal cancer symptoms might also manifest as a lingering sore throat or a feeling like something is stuck at the back of your mouth or throat.

If Dr. Gregg Balis has further concerns he might refer you to an oncologist or another specialist for further diagnosis and treatment.

If you are in the Palm Desert, California, region and you have oral or pharyngeal cancer concerns, you should not delay in calling 760-610-0497 to schedule a checkup and screening at Gregg Balis DDS.