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American adults have about a 1-in-60 risk of developing oral cancers in their lifetime. The American Society of Clinical Oncology reports that over 50,000 people per year are diagnosed with oral and oropharyngeal cancer. They are the eighth most common cancers among men, and your risk of contracting them are twice as high if you are male. A simple oral cancer screening can catch signs early and allow for faster and more effective treatment. our dentists offers oral cancer screening at Downriver Smiles in Spokane, WA.

Detecting oral cancers early is the key to effective treatment. In most cases, by the time a patient discovers a problem in their mouth and sees a doctor or dentist, oral cancer has already progressed quite far. A simple exam by your dentist at each bi-annual dental exam and cleaning appointment could save your life.

Our dentists and the team at Downriver Smiles are dedicated to doing everything possible to help you maintain great oral and overall health. This includes oral cancer screenings for our patients. If you are at risk for any type of cancer due to family history or other factors, you should have an oral cancer screening at each routine dental appointment. If it has been a while since your last exam and cleaning or you have never had an oral cancer screening, call Downriver Smiles today and schedule it as soon as possible.

Identify Mouth Cancer Early

Our dentists can identify mouth cancer early in many cases. An oral cancer screening is completely painless and noninvasive, and only takes a few moments during a regular dental appointment. He will check your teeth, gums, tongue and other oral tissues for any discolorations, sores or other possible signs of oral cancer. If any suspicious signs are detected, he will alert you to connect with an oncologist for further advanced testing.

Any time unexplained sores, peeling or bleeding develops in your mouth, you should see our dentists. These can be from common oral problems, but they can also be signs of oral cancer. Identify mouth cancer early to begin treatments that can eradicate it and allow you to live a long and healthy life.

Contact Downriver Smiles in Spokane today to schedule your next dental exam and cleaning, and ask to include an oral cancer screening while you are in the dental chair. This brief exam could save your life and allow you to spend many more happy years with family and loved ones.


Downriver Smiles
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Pat ShelleyPat Shelley
02:13 02 Dec 23
Thoroughly professional.
Cheryl LaneCheryl Lane
02:15 01 Dec 23
William BurgermyerWilliam Burgermyer
02:15 30 Nov 23
Very professional and caring people
Ted AkedTed Aked
02:59 29 Nov 23
Nice pleasant office, no pressure, friendly gentle cleaning! Thanks!
Michael DealMichael Deal
02:43 29 Nov 23
I really appreciated the detail explanation of the services. Truly welcoming.
Rachael PetersonRachael Peterson
01:53 19 Oct 23
Dr. Gaunt is the best! This is the first dentist that I have had a good experience with. I had a root canal done and was so nervous, they made me comfortable and had it done within an hour. I would definitely recommend Downriver smiles!
Vyrdi OVyrdi O
04:26 10 Oct 23
I had the worst dental anxiety before going to Dr. Gaunt years ago- to the point I let my teeth go until they were breaking, in need of numerous fillings, root canals, and extractions. Dr. Gaunt was by far the best dentist I have ever had; he explained everything in as much detail as I required, made me comfortable with any procedure and has won my and my family's business throughout the years with his excellent care and demeanor. Dr. Gaunt and all his wonderful staff are a joy to work with and I can guarantee our continued visits in the years to come for any work my family requires. Thank you Downriver Smiles staff!
Cinda SchusterCinda Schuster
16:04 28 Sep 23
Dr Gaunt is a great dentist. I have been seeing him for years he always does a great job. I always feel confident in his care.The staff at Downriver Smiles Dentistry is always helpful & kind.
Lori AspenleiterLori Aspenleiter
04:40 12 Sep 23
Dr Guant is a great Dentist! He is very friendly, professional, thorough, compassionate and never ever rushes. He answers any of your questions or concerns! He spends extra time and does outstanding work! The office staff is very friendly and accommodating! Highly recommend Downriver Smiles!
Patty McGinnisPatty McGinnis
01:17 07 Sep 23
The employees at Shadle Smiles are so friendly and make sure you understand your procedures and cost before work is done. Dr Harding was my dentist and listened to my concerns about work to be done. He only does what work really needs to be done and what can wait. Love this place!
  • The employees at Shadle Smiles [Downriver] are so friendly and make sure you understand your procedures and cost before work is done. Dr Harding was my dentist and listened to my concerns about work to be done. He only does what work really needs to be done and what can wait. Love this place!

    Patty M.
  • Best dentist in Spokane! Don’t look any further! I chipped my front tooth and they got me in the next day! Left with a beautiful smile and my wallet still intact! I wasn’t an existing patient, but I am now! Awesome environment and extremely friendly staff! 10/10 hands down would recommend!

    Cortney G.
  • Downriver Smiles is amazing! They provide the kind of experience that we all hope for when going to the dentist. Everyone there is caring and takes all the time needed to make sure you are comfortable and that your questions are answered. Dr. Harding is wonderful! I would never want to go anywhere else.

    Chris B.
  • Dr. Harding is gentle and thorough in his care. He always explains what he is doing and why. Great office staff, too.

    Sheri D.


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