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Your dentist, Dr. James C. Ma, offers a routine dental checkup that covers several different important aspects of maintaining good oral health. Even though the majority of the checkup focuses on a thorough cleaning treatment and oral examination, the checkup concludes with a thorough screening for signs of oral and pharyngeal cancer.

Research conducted by the American Dental Association found that 1 in 92 adults will develop some form of oral or pharyngeal cancer at some point in their life. While the average age of diagnosis is 62 years of age, risk factors, such as a family history of oral cancer, tobacco use and regular alcohol consumption, can increase your chances of developing oral cancer at a younger age.

The cancer screening is relatively brief. At the end of your dental checkup, Dr. James C. Ma will examine your tongue, throat, face, and neck for any swelling or abnormal discoloration. It’s a good idea to let him know about any increased risk factors for oral cancer you might have.

If you have questions or concerns about oral cancer screenings in Bakersfield, California, or if you are due for your regular dental checkup, you should call James C. Ma at 661-324-9709 to schedule an appointment.