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Maintaining a healthy mouth has a direct impact on your overall quality of life. Problems with gum disease, tooth decay, as well as the various forms of pharyngeal and oral cancer can prove uncomfortable and costly to treat.

It’s very important to catch oral and pharyngeal cancer before they have the chance to develop into something more serious. Early detection through the oral cancer screening performed at your routine dental exam at Dr. J. Whitley Wills’s Memphis, Tennessee practice is essential to improving your chances of treatment success. If you experience any symptoms between dental exams, you should not hesitate to schedule an earlier checkup. 

Initial symptoms of oral cancer include a persistent pain in your mouth, which might also be associated with swelling or a lump in your cheek or gums. This could also include red or white areas on your gums, tongue, or tonsils. Pharyngeal cancer can often include a persistent sore throat or a feeling like something is stuck at the back of your throat.

A cancer screening at Dr. J. Whitley Wills’s clinic involves a thorough examination of your tongue, throat, face, and neck for signs of swelling or discoloration.

Be sure to let Dr. J. Whitley Wills know about any increased risk factors for oral cancer you might have. This would include things like a family history of oral cancer as well as frequent alcohol or tobacco use.

If you are experiencing symptoms of oral or pharyngeal cancer and you live in the Memphis, Tennessee area, you should call 901-726-9525 to schedule a checkup and screening with Dr. J. Whitley Wills.