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Oral Cancer: Your Doctor Knows The Signs Princeton, NJ
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People avoid going to the dentist for all kinds of reasons: they do not like the scraping on their teeth, they had a prior bad experience, they have not taken care of their teeth since their last visit, or they are scared of a bad diagnosis. While all of these reasons are understandable, none of them should ultimately keep you from visiting the dentist on a regular basis. Being scared of receiving bad news will not keep bad news from coming; avoiding something bad will only make it worse in the end. Your dentist understands that by keeping regular dental visits, s/he is doing much more than just cleaning your teeth. Your dentist has the job of checking your mouth for a variety of issues, and s/he is often able to spot areas of concern long before you will ever be aware of an issue. The time in between when your dentist can identify a problem and when you will identify a problem – that timeframe can save your life.

Cancer of any kind is a devastating diagnosis. Despite the advanced treatments and medications, there is still a high death rate among cancer patients. Yet, when cancer is caught in its earliest stages, intervention and treatment can begin and is often significantly more effective. Oral cancer is no exception to this, and your dentist is able to examine your entire oral cavity much better than you are. With small mirrors, looking down into the mouth, and special lights, your dentist is able to get an expansive view of your lips, tongue, cheeks, gums, teeth, palate, floor of your mouth, and your throat all at one time. You simply cannot do this in front of a mirror. Therefore, your dentist is able to spot the tiniest signs of oral cancer, months or even a year sooner than you would be able to.

There are some obvious signs that generally bring people into the dentist out of concern. Any unexplained and persistent bleeding inside the mouth, growths, red or white patches, or a constant feeling that something “stuck” in the throat are all significant enough that most people seek help. However, there are other signs that are often overlooked:

  • Chronic sore throat
  • Ear pain
  • A change in the sound of your voice
  • Significant weight loss
  • Ill-fitting dentures

Your dentist is highly trained to know the signs of oral cancer, many of which are not obvious. Keeping regular dental appointments can save your life. Please contact Prime Dental Care today to schedule an appointment.

Posted on behalf of Prime Dental Care

417 Wall St
Princeton, NJ, 08540

(609) 688-8818

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My husband has been going to Dr Ma and this practice for many years and swears by them so I thought I would try it out. Very pleasant and professional with a great location and good availability, they respond to queries in a timely way and provide reminders for appointments via text which is great since some practices appear to be in the dark ages on some of the practical stuff. Everyone seems to try to ensure you have a pleasant visit (in spite of being to the dentist!) so kudos to the whole operation. Also, a lot of care has been taken to go above and beyond the requirements of hygiene during this pandemic including state-of-the-art air filtration systems.

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Starting from reception to the assistant to the doctors they are so amazing. I have major dental anxiety and they were above and beyond sweet and nice to me. I have come back after a root canal and I can go for a run I feel that good and comfortable with them. They rock! They are awesome- I highly recommend this place

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I’m experiencing a very painful toothache during the COVID-19 period. Thanks for Dr. Ma’s quick response using the “teledentistry”, I got a timely and precise diagnosis without having to step out of my house. I really appreciated their help at this moment!

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Everyone there is friendly and professional. They have taken great care of me every time I’ve visited.

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Prime Dental care has a great friendly staff. I had a wonderful experience with my hygienist Kate, she was very thorough, professional, and kind! Dr. Ma was informative and did a wonderful job of explaining everything. Would highly recommend Prime Dental Care!

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Dr. Ma and her staff are very friendly and super thorough. They take the time to explain every part of the care and are invested in my overall dental health. I would recommend them to everyone!

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