119 East Main Street Gouverneur, New York 13642

Oral Cancer Gouverneur, NY

Oral cancer continues to be a growing health concern worldwide, largely due to an increase in the prevalence of the HPV-16 virus and improved diagnostics for identifying patients. Tobacco use also continues to be a factor in the increasing number of newly diagnosed cases. The Oral Cancer Foundation reports that approximately 132 people will be diagnosed with a head or neck cancer each day this year– and the numbers have been climbing in recent years.

Oral cancer is almost always highly treatable when caught early– this is the key to a good prognosis and where your dentist can play a very important role in your overall health care. At our Gouverneur dentist office, Dr. Gardner performs an oral cancer screening during every dental exam, looking for the early warning signs of oral cancer. This exam includes:

  • Visual exam of the eyes, neck, ears, lips and crown of head
  • Palpate under the chin and along the neck for inflamed or swollen lymph nodes
  • Visual exam of the tongue, floor of the mouth, hard and soft palate and inside the cheeks

When you visit with us twice a year, it enables us to closely monitor all aspects of your oral health as well as areas of concern that may require further diagnosis with a specialist or your general practitioner. Routine dental care could be life saving if an oral cancer is detected and treated early on. The survival rate drops significantly for late stage diagnosis hovering around 50%.

Dr. Gardner is committed to helping patients with oral cancer find the best care and restore a functional smile. There are many restorative treatment options available today that can address many of the effects of treatment, giving you back a smile that boosts your confidence and your quality of life after oral cancer treatment.

What To Look For

Recognizing the common signs of a developing oral cancer is vital for an early diagnosis. Common signs and reasons for seeking an oral cancer screening can include:

  • A lesion in the mouth that is not healing
  • Thickening of the inside of the cheek
  • White or red patches in the mouth or on the tongue
  • Numbness in the tongue
  • Difficulty chewing or moving the jaw
  • Swelling in the jaw or neck area
  • Hoarseness

If you have experienced any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment with Dr. Gardner or mention them at your upcoming visit.

Survivor Testimonials

With early diagnosis and the right treatment, many patients get back their smile after oral cancer. If you have been recently diagnosed with an oral cancer, read their stories for inspiration and information on moving forward with treatment and recovery.

Diagnosis and Treatment Information

We will continue to update this section with information on oral cancers, treatment resources and life after treatment.


Nicholas F. Gardner, DDSGouverneur, NY Dentist119 East Main Street Gouverneur, New York 13642


New Patients (315) 203-1772

Current Patients (315) 287-7900


Monday: 7:00am - 3:00pm
Tuesday : 7:00am - 3:00pm
Wednesday: 7:00am - 3:00pm
Thursday: 7:00am - 3:00pm
Friday: 7:00am - 3:00pm

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