General Dentistry An Overview
Dr. Joseph Cavallo is a general dentist in Woodbridge VA, offering a full range of dentistry services for the treatment and prevention of both common and complex dental problems.
Dr. Cavallo emphasizes the importance of both good at home oral hygiene and routine preventive care in maintaining lifelong dental health. Preventive care visits provide the opportunity to spot developing dental problems in the early stages when conservative treatment options are more effective.
Dr. Cavallo believes that the best dentistry is a collaborative process between the dentist and patient. He will take time to listen to your needs and goals and then develop a personalized treatment plan to help you get the smile you desire.
Have You Been Screened For Oral Cancer?
April is oral cancer awareness month. Oral cancer can develop anywhere in the mouth, throat, cheeks, tongue, and gums. Although men are diagnosed at a higher rate, women can also develop oral cancer. It’s important to schedule regular preventive care visit to a trusted dentist.
Dr. Cavallo provides routine oral cancer screenings during your preventive dental care exam. Preventive dental care allows your dentist to perform detailed screenings for complex dental problems, including oral cancer. Oral cancer is often under-diagnosed or diagnosed in the later stages because patients don’t visit the dentist regularly. We encourage our patients to visit our Woodbridge dental office at least twice a year for a comprehensive exam and routine screenings. An oral cancer screening only takes a few minutes out of your visit. If oral cancer is suspected, Dr. Cavallo may recommend a biopsy to determine if you have developed oral cancer. We will work with you to coordinate the next steps in your treatment.
Oral Cancer Symptoms and Risks
Oral Cancer Symptoms:
- a sore throat
- white or red patches in the mouth
- difficulty chewing or swallowing
- pain in the ears
- a lump in the mouth or throat
- swelling or pain in the jaw
- sores or lesions in the oral cavity
Risk Factors Associated With Oral Cancer:
- HPV exposure
- tobacco use
- alcohol consumption
If you notice any of these symptoms, you should schedule an appointment today. Dr. Cavallo can work with you on ways to improve your oral health and possibly lower your risks.