Services

Complete Checkups

Initial Oral Examination

Your first visit to our office is very important. In addition to meeting our team, you will receive a complete oral examination including an oral cancer screening, periodontal evaluation, a bite analysis and a thorough examination of your teeth, their supporting structures and of the oral anatomy.

Professional Teeth Cleaning

Your teeth, whether natural or restored, will be healthiest in an oral environment that is clean and where proper oral hygiene is maintained. While you should be sure to take great care with brushing and flossing at home, twice a year, you should have a professional cleaning. With a small mirror to guide them, our hygienist will use a scaler to clean plaque and tartar from around the gum line and between the teeth. After your teeth are completely cleaned, the hygienist will brush them with a high-powered electric brush and then floss.

About Oral Cancer

Oral cancer includes cancers of the mouth and the pharynx (the back of the throat). Oral cancer accounts for roughly two percent of all cancers diagnosed annually in the United States. Approximately 35,000 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer each year and about 7,600 will die from the disease. On average, 60 percent of those with the disease will survive more than five years. Oral cancer most often occurs in people over the age of 40 and affects more than twice as many men as women.

What Puts Someone at Risk?

Tobacco and alcohol use. Most cases of oral cancer are linked to cigarette smoking, heavy alcohol use, or the use of both tobacco and alcohol together. Using tobacco plus alcohol poses a much greater risk than using either substance alone. HPV. Infection with the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (specifically the HPV 16 type) has been linked to a subset of oral cancers. Age. Risk increases with age. Oral cancer most often occurs in people over the age of 40. Sun Exposure. Cancer of the lip can be caused by sun exposure. Diet. A diet low in fruits and vegetables may play a role in oral cancer development.

Possible Signs & Symptoms

See a dentist or physician if any of the following symptoms last for more than two weeks.

  • A sore, irritation, lump or thick patch in your mouth, lip, or throat
  • A white or red patch in your mouth
  • A feeling that something is caught in your throat
  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing
  • Difficulty moving your jaw or tongue
  • Numbness in your tongue or other areas of your mouth
  • Swelling of your jaw that causes dentures to fit poorly or become uncomfortable
  • Pain in one ear without hearing loss

Early Detection

It is important to find oral cancer as early as possible when it can be treated more successfully. An oral cancer examination can detect early signs of cancer. The exam is painless and takes only a few minutes. Your regular dental check-up is an excellent opportunity to have the exam. During the exam, your dentist or dental hygienist will check your face, neck, lips and entire mouth for signs of cancer.

Our Happy Patients

"He's the best, very gentle I recommend him very highly. Once you walk in the door the reception is there with a lovely smile greeting you and making you feel very comfortable. The doctor's assistance is also the best. They make you feel like family. And it's affordable. I love you guys"

Wanda P. Wanda P.

"It may be seldom one uses the words root canal and pleasant in the same sentence but that sums up my experience yesterday. Dr. Taylor and his competent assistant performed a root canal that was painless, relaxed (for me) and yes, pleasant. Every staff member I met was friendly and helpful. How refreshing. Thank you!"

Richard K. Richard K.

"Dr. Taylor and his staff are top notch. Always courteous, knowledgeable, and accommodating. Best customer service and patient experience ever. Dr. Taylor also stays current with technology that is efficient and effective and benefits the patient. Cannot say enough about the practice. I have been going to Dr. Taylor for the past 20 years and would highly recommend him (and have!)."

John R. John R.
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