As some of you have already heard, there was a fire in our building, and the damage was extensive. We’re in the process of assessing, and figuring out how to get back to providing care to you all as soon as possible. In the meantime, we are keeping up with voicemails and text messages, and working on setting up some staff to work remotely. If you have a dental emergency or a question about an appointment we are still here to help you. Don’t hesitate to call, we will get back to you shortly.
This has been our home for over 44 years, so this has been a heartbreaking day. But the love and support we’ve already gotten from patients, friends, and the dental community are really helping us through. Thank you all.
With love, Dr. Tom Pollard, Dr. Jill Pollard, and the whole Pollard Family Dentistry crew.
Oral Cancer Screening
Your mouth is part of the oral cavity, which also includes your lips, cheek lining, gums, front part of your tongue, floor of the mouth and the hard palate (roof of your mouth). The pharynx starts at the soft part of the roof of your mouth and continues back into your throat. It includes the back section of your tongue as well as the base where the tongue attaches to the floor of your mouth.
During your dental visit, your dentist can talk to you about your health history and examine these areas for signs of mouth and/or throat cancer. Regular visits to your dentist can improve the chances that any suspicious changes in your oral health will be caught early, at a time when cancer can be treated more easily.
Symptoms of Mouth or Throat Cancer:
Sores that bleed easily or do not heal
Thick or hard spot or lump
Roughened or crusted area
Numbness, pain or tenderness
A change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite down
Make sure to tell your dentist about any problems you have when chewing, swallowing, speaking or moving your tongue or jaw.
At Pollard Family Dentistry in Portland, our dentists will include a thorough oral cancer screening, including a VizLite scan, during your comprehensive exam.