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Oral Exams & Cancer Screening

An oral exam and cancer screening is a necessary and important part of your routine prophylaxis treatment (your preventive visit to the hygienist). During your checkup, Dr. Adriana Jaramillo will examine the soft and hard oral tissues for signs of:

  • Tooth decay
  • Malocclusion/bite problems
  • TMJ (temporal mandibular joint) health
  • Oral cancer
  • Supporting bone and gum health
  • Diabetes
  • and other potentially serious problems

Why are oral exams necessary?

Your body and health are constantly changing. An oral exam is an important part of your preventive care. Dental problems do not go away without treatment, and in fact usually become more severe. A cavity detected in the early stages may not even need a filling, but left untreated can progress to stages where a root canal or extraction maybe your only option. Because your mouth reflects your overall health Dr. Adriana Jaramillo may identify signs of serious and potentially life threatening conditions such as diabetes and cancer (Learn more about the connection between dental health and your overall health).

Oral exams are the cornerstone of early diagnosis and successful treatment of oral health problems. We encourage all our patients to be proactive in achieving and maintaing oral and overall health by taking their routine prophylaxis treatment and oral exam seriously.


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