Dental Exams in Anchorage, AK
Complete Dental Check-ups & Teeth Cleaning
Comprehensive and Periodic Dental Exams
Dental Cleanings & Exams
Anchorage Preventive Dentistry
Dental exams are a vital part of staying on a good dental health track. Whether you're a new patient or a long-time patient, periodic exams with your doctor can help prevent cavities and find issues before they become big problems.
What Does the Dentist Check For During A Routine Exam?
During the exam, the doctor will review your medical history. An updated medical history helps show the complete picture of your oral health. The body is an intricate structure with the mouth as its gateway. It's important for the doctor to be completely aware of ALL your past and current medical conditions.
Complete Oral Health Check-Up
The doctor will also complete an oral cancer screening, lymph node evaluation, TMJ evaluation, and chart any existing and/or recommended treatment.
Oral Cancer Screenings
At Health Centered Dentistry, we are in a unique position to detect and diagnose oral cancer in its early stages before it progresses. Nearly 50,000 new cases of oral cancer will be diagnosed this year in the U.S. alone, and only about half of those individuals will survive the next 5 years. Oral cancer is serious and deadly, and it’s important that you know the facts, and get regular screenings to help protect yourself and your loved ones.
We are always on the lookout for any abnormalities in your mouth that could be potential signs of oral cancer. We also have a high tech oral cancer screening device called the VELscope2. The VELscope2 uses fluorescence visualization technology to illuminate tissue abnormalities before they may be visible to the naked eye. This allows us to be proactive in the fight against oral cancer, and detect abnormal cells before the disease progresses, for the best chance at survival and recovery.
What we look for
Some of the warning signs and symptoms of oral cancer that we look for, that you should also be on the lookout for at home, and let your doctor know if you have noticed any of the following (can occur on the lips, mouth, tongue, gums, throat, or any area inside the mouth):
Swelling, thickening, lumps, rough spots, crusting, or erosion
Velvety white, red, or speckled patches
Numbness or loss of feeling
Pain or tenderness
Difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking, or moving the jaw or tongue
Hoarseness, chronic sore throat, change in voice
Risk factors for developing oral cancer include:
Smoking – Smokers are six times more likely to develop oral cancer than non-smokers
Chewing – Patients who dip, snuff, or chew are 50 times more likely to develop oral cancer
Alcohol – Oral cancer is six times more common in drinkers than non-drinkers
Family history of cancer
Excessive sun exposure
Call us today to schedule your exam with your doctor at (888) 707-0222.