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A healthy mouth includes more than strong teeth and gums free of periodontal disease. Indeed the soft tissues in your mouth and throat also play an important role in your oral health and the overall state of well-being.

To help catch any oral health conditions before they escalate, the American Dental Association recommends having a dental checkup performed by a dentist, every six months.

Early detection of tooth decay, periodontal disease, and oral cancers can improve your treatment options and the rate of treatment success. If Dr. Mike Roussel finds a problem with your teeth or gums, he can help you understand the best treatment or preventative measure.

At the end of the dental checkup, Dr. Mike Roussel will perform a screening for any signs of oral or pharyngeal cancer. This involves a brief examination of your tongue, throat, face, and neck for any swelling or abnormal discoloration.

You should tell Dr. Mike Roussel about any abnormal symptoms or contributing factors. This could include a family history of oral and pharyngeal cancer. Tobacco use and frequent alcohol consumption can also increase your chances of developing oral cancers.

If Dr. Mike Roussel finds any areas of concern he will refer you to an oncologist or other specialists to confirm a diagnosis and start the treatment process. With early detection, the 5-year relative survival rates for cancers of the oral cavity and pharynx are: 83%.

If you live in the Albuquerque, New Mexico, area and you have an oral health concern, you should call 505-881-4365 to schedule a dental checkup and screening at My Dentist Albuquerque.