Oral Cancer Screenings in Smyrna and East Point, GA

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Unlock Your Healthiest, Most Radiant Smile

Regular dental exams and preventive care are crucial for protecting both your smile and overall health. At JLM Dental Studio, our Smyrna and East Point, GA, dentist, Dr. Jarrett Manning, offers comprehensive preventive dentistry to help patients maintain optimal oral health. 

Dr. Manning emphasizes the importance of routine preventive dental care starting at a young age to monitor growth and development and identify problems early. This proactive approach helps avoid painful dental issues and costly treatments in the future.

What Is Preventive Dentistry?

Preventive dentistry focuses on practices and treatments that help prevent oral health problems from developing or worsening. This area of dentistry emphasizes regular dental exams, cleanings, and screenings to catch potential issues early when they are easiest to treat. Preventive dental care helps patients maintain good oral hygiene and avoid more invasive treatments down the road.

Some common preventive dentistry services include:

  • Professional teeth cleanings
  • Fluoride treatments
  • Sealants
  • Oral cancer screenings
  • X-rays
  • Comprehensive exams

At JLM Dental Studio in Smyrna and East Point, GA, Dr. Manning offers a full range of preventive dental services. Regular preventive care is essential for protecting your smile and your overall health.

What Are Oral Cancer Screenings?

Oral cancer screenings are an important part of preventive dental care. These simple exams allow Dr. Manning to look for early signs of oral cancer or precancerous lesions. When caught early, oral cancer has much higher survival rates and treatment options.

During an oral cancer screening, Dr. Manning will carefully examine all tissues of your head, neck, mouth, and throat. She will inspect your lips, cheeks, gums, tongue, and other areas for any abnormalities. Some signs Dr. Manning looks for include:

  • White or red patches
  • Pain, tenderness, or numbness
  • Lumps, bumps, or growths
  • Changes in existing moles
  • Difficulty swallowing or chewing

In addition to a visual exam, Dr. Manning may also feel for lumps or swelling in the neck and lymph nodes. If anything unusual is detected, she may recommend follow-up tests like an oral biopsy. Early detection is key with oral cancer.

Signs of Possible Oral Cancer

While oral cancer screenings allow dentists to look for signs of cancer, it’s also important to watch for any symptoms between your routine dental visits. Contact Dr. Manning right away if you notice any of the following:

  • Persistent mouth sores that won’t heal
  • Unexplained bleeding in the mouth
  • Unusual numbness or pain in the mouth
  • White, red, or dark patches in the mouth
  • A persistent sore throat
  • Difficulty swallowing or loose teeth
  • Lumps or thickening of the skin in the mouth or neck
  • Dramatic weight loss without trying

Oral cancer can affect the lips, tongue, gums, inner lining of the cheeks, roof of the mouth, tonsils, back of the throat, or elsewhere in the mouth. Don’t ignore these warning signs. Call Dr. Manning in Smyrna or East Point, GA, if you have any concerns about possible oral cancer. She will determine if a biopsy or other tests are needed.

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Don’t Wait for Dental Disaster – Schedule Preventive Care

Your smile deserves the very best care. Don’t let dental problems sneak up on you – be proactive about your oral health by scheduling preventive care with Dr. Jarrett Manning at JLM Dental Studio. Their compassionate team in Smyrna (770-433-1515) and East Point (404-766-8559) wants to help you smile confidently through preventive dentistry tailored to your unique needs. 

Don’t live another day with dental pain, discomfort, or embarrassment. Take control and call JLM Dental Studio now to schedule your appointment. Invest in your brightest, healthiest smile through regular preventive care. You and your smile deserve it!