Preventative Dentistry San Diego, CA
Guard your mouth against cavities and other dental infections.
Since prevention is a key component to maintaining optimum oral health, we offer several treatments designed to stop dental problems before they start. These include regular oral exams, teeth cleanings and oral cancer screenings.
Dr. S. Lee Fleming and Dr. Michael Fleming provide thorough oral examinations to detect and treat problems (such as tooth decay, oral cancer and periodontal disease) in their early stages. Our dental hygienists provide regular cleanings, also known as a dental prophylaxis, which keep the teeth and gums healthy and prevent gum disease by eliminating plaque and tartar. Since oral exams and cleaning are recommended at least every three to six months, we urge you to contact our office today to schedule your appointment.
An oral cancer exam is painless and quick — it takes only a few minutes. Your regular dental checkup is an excellent opportunity to have the exam.
Here’s what to expect:
- Preparing for the exam: If you have dentures (plates) or partials, you will be asked to remove them.
- Your health care provider will inspect your face, neck, lips and mouth to look for any signs of cancer.
- With both hands, he or she will feel the area under your jaw and the side of your neck, checking for lumps that may suggest cancer.
- He or she will then look at and feel the insides of your lips and cheeks to check for possible signs of cancer, such as red and/or white patches.
- Next, your provider will have you stick out your tongue so it can be checked for swelling or abnormal color or texture.
- Using gauze, he or she will then gently pull your tongue to one side, then the other, to check the base of your tongue. The underside of your tongue will also be checked.
- In addition, he or she will look at the roof and floor of your mouth, as well as the back of your throat.
- Finally, your provider will put one finger on the floor of your mouth and, with the other hand under your chin, gently press down to check for lumps or sensitivity.
Additional information: National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)