1400 W Benson Blvd #150, Anchorage, AK 99503, USA

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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.

 

VELscope2

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

  • Unexplained bleeding

  • Numbness or loss of feeling

  • Pain or tenderness

  • Persistent sores

  • Difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking, or moving the jaw or tongue

  • Hoarseness, chronic sore throat, change in voice

  • Ear pain

 

Risk factors

 

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

  • HPV

Call us today to schedule your exam with your doctor at (888) 707-0222.