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The routine dental checkups administered at Shiva Hogugi, DDS are designed to address all the important aspects of maintaining a good oral health. While this focuses on the cleaning and maintaining of teeth and gums, it also includes a basic screening for oral or pharyngeal cancer.

The American Dental Association reports that each year one in 92 adults are diagnosed with some form of oral or pharyngeal cancer. While the average age of detection is 62 years old, increased risk factors, such as a family history of oral cancer, tobacco use and alcohol abuse, increase your chances of developing oral cancer at a younger age. Early detection of oral and pharyngeal cancer significantly improves your chances of treatment success.

The cancer screening is administered at the end of your routine dental checkup. It involves your dentist, Dr. Shiva Hogugi, examining your tongue, throat, face, and neck for any swelling or abnormal discoloration. Be sure to let Dr. Shiva Hogugi know about any increased risk factors you have for oral cancer.

If he has any concerns that you might have developed oral or pharyngeal cancer, he will refer you to a specialist for diagnosis and treatment.

If you’re concerned about oral or pharyngeal cancer in West Bloomfield, Michigan, you should call 248-669-5110 to schedule a checkup and screening at our office.