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Oral Cancer Screening, Marietta

Oral Cancer Screening

The Oral Cancer Foundation estimates that almost fifty thousand people in the U.S. are diagnosed with oral cancer each year. Over nine thousand people lose their lives to this disease. Like any cancer, patients who receive early detection and general dentistry treatment have the best chance of overcoming this disease. Our team at Dental Care Center at Kennestone wants to protect your oral and overall health. We offer oral cancer screening for our patients as part of our commitment to your health.

Oral cancers often do not have noticeable symptoms in the early stages, making it difficult to identify early. However, there are symptoms to watch for that can alert you to seek medical attention. Some of the symptoms of oral or mouth cancers include:

  • Red or white spots on the inside of the mouth
  • Lumps in the lips, gums or tongue
  • Sores in the mouth that do not heal
  • Pain or numbness in the mouth or throat
  • Long-lasting hoarseness

If you have any of these symptoms, you should seek diagnosis from a physician. High-risk factors for oral cancers include excessive alcohol use, tobacco use and exposure to the HPV virus. Those over the age of forty are at higher risk for oral cancers.

Identify Mouth Cancer Early

Many of the symptoms listed above do not appear until the later stages of oral cancers. However, oral cancer screenings can detect early signs of tissue changes in the mouth that are still very small. Using a special light, these minor changes can be detected before they are visible. This is the best chance of catching mouth or oral cancers in the earliest stages when treatment has a higher success rate.

As part of your routine dental visits, you should consider adding oral cancer screenings. Our dentist can include this screening as part of your regular checkup. It only takes a few minutes and could be life-saving. Ask about oral cancer screenings at your next checkup. Contact Dental Care Center at Kennestone today to schedule an appointment for you or a family member.


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Our Client Reviews

Dental Care Center at Kennestone

4.8 / 5.0

Based on 247 reviews

  • I absolutely love this dental experience. I used to dread having to make dental trips but since finding this office 4 years ago that took the dread away. From making the appointment, to visiting with the office staff. It's great. The Hygienist is very friendly. But that Dr. O,
    she is a ray of sunshine. Perfect bedside manner, concerning, caring, helpful, and so very positive. I do not have dental insurance and could go somewhere else that may be a tad cheaper but I wouldn't trade this dental office for the world. They feel more like family. Give them a try you won't regret it!

    Angie W.
  • I am very happy I came to this dental office! I tend to avoid going to the dentist because of past experiences, but my visit today was 10/10!! The dental hygienist, Kelly, and Dr. Buffington were so nice and thorough. I highly recommend! So happy I found a good and nice dental office finally!! :)

  • Always a great experience when I come in for cleanings or any work that has to be done. Special thanks to my hygienist Kelli for a good cleaning today and making me feel comfortable. Dr. Buffington is also terrific and very attentive. The entire staff will make you feel welcome and comfortable.

    Mark P.
  • I have been a patient here for many years. I’ve always had positive experiences. I especially like the Dental Hygenist “Callie”. She is just the best, always smiling and cheerful, just what you need at the Dentist. She is very experienced and I’ve learned a lot from her. All the Staff is very nice and polite and Dr Buffington is great also. I’ve had a lot of dental work done by her and never had a problem. She is very gentle and painless too!

    Nancy M.
  • The dentist, Dr. Buffington, hygienist, and staff were professional and efficient. Dr. Buffington provided an excellent explanation to my question so that I understood the situation. High recommend this dental practice.

    Don S.
  • Dr. Buffington has to be the kindest, most patient dentist in the world. The staff is amazingly attentive, non-judgemental and offers a very comforting experience. I appreciate how patient they are with me, a 44-year old that still cries and would rather give birth (without medication) than have dental work. I hope you catch my drift😉

    Adriennes B.
  • I really like Dr. Buffington. She gave me a plan that gives me hope about a TMJ issue. Everyone on the staff was professional and seemed genuinely caring. I would highly recommend the office.

    It’s a warm and welcoming atmosphere, and they don’t try to sell you on things you don’t need.

    Donna D.
  • I highly recommend this dental practice. They took prompt and amazing care of me to address a TMJ episode. Dr. Buffington and all employees I encountered were professional, friendly, caring and knowledgeable. They set me on the path of recovery and have earned my respect and business going forward. How refreshing to engage with a business that truly understands customer service.

    Ronni P.