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Oral Cancer and Why You Can’t Wait Carrollton, GA
A concerned woman pointing at her mouth talking to a dentist.

According to the American Dental Association, it is estimated that 42,000 Americans are diagnosed each year with oral or throat cancer. While no one wants to think about cancer, the best hope for survival if you do have this type of cancer is early detection.

How do you catch mouth cancer early enough to allow for successful treatment? Oral cancer screenings are one of the best ways to catch malignant growths in the early stages. At the office of Dr. Tejal Kakade, we perform oral cancer screenings for our patients during their routine dental visits each year.

Oral cancer can be present with or without symptoms, which is why it is so important to have a screening when you come in for your annual checkup. During your screening, which is quick and painless, a trained dental professional will carefully examine all components of your mouth and look for suspicious lesions or areas of change.

You can also perform monitor your own mouth for signs of oral cancer. If you have any of these warning signs, we urge you to make an appointment to come in to our Carrollton office sooner rather than later:

  • White or red patches in your mouth
  • Any sore in the mouth that doesn’t heal after 14 days
  • Any pain, discomfort or difficulty swallowing or moving your tongue/jaw
  • Tenderness, numbness or pain in the mouth or lips
  • A lump, sore or rough area on the tissues in your mouth
  • Teeth that are suddenly misaligned or don’t fit together right

You should also know your personal level of risk for getting oral cancer, which includes factors like smoking, alcohol consumption, chewing tobacco, the human papilloma virus (HPV), a weak immune system, excessive sun exposure and a history of cancer.

Identify Mouth Cancer Early

Oral cancer is serious and can be fatal if it is ignored. The 5-year survival rate for patients with oral cancers averages 64%, but this can be much lower when the cancer is caught in the early stages. With any type of cancer, catching it early expands the treatment options available and typically makes treatment more conservative as well.

Your health is important to us. Dr. Kakade proudly provides comprehensive dental exams for our patients, with oral cancer screening available. Our office accepts most dental plans and we have payment options for any uncovered expenses. Call us today to schedule your next checkup.

Posted on behalf of Tejal A Kakade, DMD, MAGD, PC

516 Newnan St.
Carrollton, GA 30117

Phone: 770-836-5313

FAX: 770-836-5363


Mon-Thurs: 8:00am - 3:00pm

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Our Patient Reviews

Tejal A Kakade, DMD, MAGD, PC

4.9 / 5.0

Based on 79 reviews

Quinderious R.

This was absolutely the best experience I have ever had with any dentist. Dr. Tejal is so attentive to the needs of her patients. She cares deeply about the quality of service provided and taking care of you individually. You don't feel like a number. You leave knowing that you received the best care and beautiful smile to go with it.

Robin H.

I have never had a bad experience going to see Dr. Kakade and her amazing, caring staff. They make it super easy to book an appointment, send you helpful reminders via text, and you are in and out in a short amount of time with hardly any wait time. The office is warm and inviting with nice decor and even dentist chairs that massage you! Best of all, the entire staff genuinely care about their patients and want to help them have the best experience possible. They remember you and get to know you. I actually look forward to going!

Larry S.

Dr. Tejal and her wonderful staff do everything humanly possible to make every patient feel welcomed, supported, and cared for with the utmost compassion and professionalism. It feels as though one has been adopted into a family of caretakers and that you are a part of the family. 5 Stars and thumbs up all the way! They are the best! I speak from personal experience.


My family has used Dr. Tejal since she started her practice in Carrollton. She is thorough, detailed, and comprehensive in her approach to dental care. She seems to invest in new technology and modern methods to make routine and extraordinary care as easy for the patient as possible. Candy has been my hygienist for over a decade and does a fantastic job restoring my teeth to tip-top shape. On the rare occasion when Candy was unavailable, the other members of Dr. Tejal's team have been excellent.

Jordan D.

Calm and peaceful office.

Prentice M.

Wonderful office staff, nice environment. Dr. Tejal and staff do a great job of making one feel comfortable and the dental work after local anesthesia want uncomfortable. Few people like going to the dentist, but my experience here has been excellent.

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Tejal A Kakade, DMD, MAGD, PC

516 Newnan St.
Carrollton, GA 30117



Mon-Thurs: 8:00am - 3:00pm