Dr. Fairfax & Associates Family Dentistry

 

 

Patient-Focused Dentistry

Thank you for choosing Dr. Fairfax & Associates. We believe that dental health is key to overall health, and our primary mission is to deliver the best and most comprehensive dental care available.

The Whole Person

We take into account the whole person when caring for our patients. From routine check-ups and cleanings to emergency care, we are committed to giving you our undivided attention.

Your Comfort Is Our Priority

From the moment you walk into our office, you can expect to feel at home. We foster a relaxed, inviting atmosphere with professional, knowledgeable, and friendly staff. Sit back, relax, and trust that your smile is in exceedingly good hands.

 
 
 

A Caring and Thorough Team

We do not believe in ‘factory-style’ dental care where patients are shuttled in and out and only see the dentist or hygienist for a few minutes during an appointment. Each appointment with us is time reserved specifically for you.

Applying the Latest Technologies

Our team is highly trained in the latest dental approaches and technologies, which allows us to provide every patient with truly personalized attention.

 

 

Oral Cancer: A New Epidemic

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Cancer is not a topic that anyone likes to talk about, but recently there has been a spike in the cases of oral cancer diagnosed, particularly in men.

This sudden increase is related to HPV, or human papillomavirus, the primary cause of oropharyngeal cancers, certain types of head and neck cancers. Between 20011 and 2014, 11 million men and 3 million women were actively infected with oral HPV. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, during that time, nearly 40,000 people each year were diagnosed with HPV-related cancer.

HPV is a sexually transmitted infection, but those who smoke tobacco or marijuana are also at a higher risk for developing the cancer-causing strain of HPV. One reason these cancers often go undetected until their later stages is that those with HPV may be unaware of it, and in some cases, the infection can lead to cancer years later.

Oral Cancer Screenings with Your Dentist

The good news is that, with semi-annual screenings by your dentist, oral cancer can be detected in its early stages when it can be treated more easily. Nearly 50,000 people are diagnosed with oral cancer each year, so these early screenings are vital to your health and well-being.

The screening itself is performed as part of your exam and is nothing to worry about. Top dentist Dr. Cerina Fairfax examines your teeth, lips, and gums for any signs of abnormalities like white patches. She will also use her gloved hand to check for any lumps your mouth and neck.

Call Your Fairfax Dentist Today for An Appointment

Women can be tested for HPV at the same time they have their annual pap smear, but unfortunately, there is no such test for men. While the risk is high, oral cancer can be detected early and treated with an excellent prognosis.

Please call Dr. Fairfax & Associates today to arrange your next exam and oral cancer screening.

 
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