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Hamilton Family Dentistry
Mon-Thu 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Fri 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
222 Chambless Ln Hamilton, GA 31811
Mon-Thu 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Fri 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
222 Chambless Ln Hamilton, GA 31811
(706) 628-0011

Oral Cancer

April 1st, 2021

When detected early, oral cancer is one of the more treatable cancers. Checking for oral cancer routinely is wise to catch the signs and symptoms as early as possible. There are some risk factors for oral cancer, but patients of any age can develop oral cancer. At Hamilton Family Dentistry, we perform an oral cancer screening as part of our general cleaning visits. We want to catch any signs of oral cancer at the earliest stage for the best possible treatment outcome. Our staff will be on the lookout for signs at your visit, but you should be looking for any warnings in between visits, especially if you are in the higher risk category.

Higher Risk for Oral Cancer:

  • Patients who have a history of tobacco use, which could include chewing tobacco, cigars, cigarettes, snuff, pipes, etc.
  • Patients who have been exposed to a sexually transmitted disease, known as Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Patients who are immunocompromised
  • Patients who are over 40
  • Patients who drink alcohol heavily/excessively
  • Patients with diets low in fruits and vegetables
  • Patients who have exposed their lips to excessive sun – likely through sunbathing

If you fall into one or more of these at-risk categories, you should be even more diligent with getting screened for oral cancer. Oral cancer can happen to anyone, but if you are at an increased risk, you should take that seriously.

What to Look For

If you have mouth or lip sores that never improve, discomfort when swallowing, loose teeth, ear discomfort, a lump or growth in your mouth, white or red patches inside of your mouth, or mouth pain, you should let us know. Although there can be other medical explanations for some of these symptoms, being proactive is wise. Also, you will have the peace of mind that all is well. If your symptoms are not oral cancer but still need relief, our team will offer solutions.

Oral cancer is not completely preventable unfortunately, but you can take steps to minimize your risks. Practice moderation with your alcohol use, eat a healthy diet, avoid excessive sun, stop using tobacco products, utilize intimate protection, and prioritize your dental checkups. Healthy lifestyle changes will be good for your general health and diminishing your risk factors. When you come for your annual, we will check on your smile and look out for oral cancer. If we do see any signs, we will recommend the best course of treatment. Otherwise, you will have clean teeth and peace of mind. Schedule your visit to Hamilton Family Dentistry today!

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FAQ

  • How often should I visit your office?

    We recommend patients visit our office two times each year for dental checkups.  These preventative visits arte the standard in care as set forth by the American Dental Association and this is typically frequent enough to prevent most oral health concerns and diagnose others in the earliest stages.
  • What is periodontal disease?

    Gum (periodontal) disease is a common oral health concern that occurs when plaque and tartar buildup irritates gum tissue and breaks down soft tissue and supportive jawbone structure leading to a number of oral health concerns.  We offer a variety of periodontal therapy options to renew oral health for patients suffering from gum disease.
  • Can I call you during dental emergencies?

    We are happy to help patients during dental emergencies.  Don’t heistate to contact us right away.  We provide same day appointments whenever possible and are happy to walk you through first aid and pain management over the phone.
  • Can I bring my kids to Hamilton Family Dentistry?

    Absolutely.  We’re happy to provide pediatric dental care for young patients and we offer a variety of treatments specifically geared toward patients with growing smiles.
  • I get nervous at the dentist. What can you do to help?

    In addition to treating each patient with the level of kindness and compassion they deserve, we also offer a variety of sedation dentistry solutions to help patients stay relaxed and pain free from the moment they arrive.
  • How will I know if I have a root canal infection?

    The doctor will need to examine your tooth to find out for sure, but contact us right away if you experience any of the following common warning signs of root canal infection:
    • Severe toothache
    • Sensitivity to changes in temperature
    • Discoloration of a single tooth
    • Infection in the gums around a tooth
  • Do you offer financing plans?

    We are happy to work with qualified patients to find low or no interest payment plans through two third party dentistry financiers, CareCredit and Lending Club.  Please ask us if you qualify for our financing options at your next appointment.
  • How often should I visit your office?
    image description
    We recommend patients visit our office two times each year for dental checkups.  These preventative visits arte the standard in care as set forth by the American Dental Association and this is typically frequent enough to prevent most oral health concerns and diagnose others in the earliest stages.
  • What is periodontal disease?
    image description
    Gum (periodontal) disease is a common oral health concern that occurs when plaque and tartar buildup irritates gum tissue and breaks down soft tissue and supportive jawbone structure leading to a number of oral health concerns.  We offer a variety of periodontal therapy options to renew oral health for patients suffering from gum disease.
  • Can I call you during dental emergencies?
    image description
    We are happy to help patients during dental emergencies.  Don’t heistate to contact us right away.  We provide same day appointments whenever possible and are happy to walk you through first aid and pain management over the phone.
  • Can I bring my kids to Hamilton Family Dentistry?
    image description
    Absolutely.  We’re happy to provide pediatric dental care for young patients and we offer a variety of treatments specifically geared toward patients with growing smiles.
  • I get nervous at the dentist. What can you do to help?
    image description
    In addition to treating each patient with the level of kindness and compassion they deserve, we also offer a variety of sedation dentistry solutions to help patients stay relaxed and pain free from the moment they arrive.
  • How will I know if I have a root canal infection?
    image description
    The doctor will need to examine your tooth to find out for sure, but contact us right away if you experience any of the following common warning signs of root canal infection:
    • Severe toothache
    • Sensitivity to changes in temperature
    • Discoloration of a single tooth
    • Infection in the gums around a tooth
  • Do you offer financing plans?
    image description
    We are happy to work with qualified patients to find low or no interest payment plans through two third party dentistry financiers, CareCredit and Lending Club.  Please ask us if you qualify for our financing options at your next appointment.