Gentle care and cutting-edge diagnostics, powerful tools for prevention, and early detection of oral cancer
While smoking is on the decline in our state, the Georgia Department of Public Health reports that there has been a steady increase among teens using “smokeless tobacco” over the past 25 years. The use of any tobacco products, as well as excessive alcohol consumption, are risk factors for oral and pharyngeal cancer.
As an authentic provider of trusted, non-judgmental, and non-scary dental care, Gentle Dentistry of Newnan PC works closely with our valued patients to identify their unique risk factors. Our dentist, Dr. Ria C. Sahara encourages routine screenings to detect potential problems early – before they cause damage.
So, our approach to potentially deadly oral cancers is two-fold:
- We protect and prevent – Once our kind and talented team understand your unique risks, we partner with you to minimize or eliminate those behaviors that make you vulnerable to pre-cancers and malignant tumors of the mouth, lips, tongue, throat, and other tissues. Additionally, our team can connect you with resources in the community to modify behaviors that are damaging to both your oral and systemic health.
- We identify abnormalities accurately and treat them promptly – Many cancers, including those of the oral cavity and pharynx, are highly treatable when detected early into the disease process. After the cancer has spread or metastasized to other areas of the mouth, face, head, and “regional” or “distant” tissues, it becomes more challenging to treat successfully.
Prevention and early detection at our office is easy, comfortable, and hassle-free. Dr. Sahara uses a light touch and her considerable expertise to identify potential red flags, ranging from discolored patches in the mouth to unusual lumps and bumps. For what she cannot see visually or feel by touch, Dr. Sahara can identify through her use of non-invasive yet precision diagnostic technologies. As needed, we can refer you to other specialists for further investigation of suspicious tissues and prompt treatment.
Depending on your unique risk factors for these cancers, Dr. Sahara may recommend more frequent visits than the standard “6-month check-up.” That way, we can avoid any problems and quickly address any concerns that may have arisen since our last visit. We take a special interest in “wowing” those patients who may not have seen the dentist in a while due to apprehension or negative experiences at other dentists’ offices. Call (470) 686-6667 to reach our friendly team at Gentle Dentistry of Newnan PC today!