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James C. Calcagno, DDS

General & Cosmetic Dentistry

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oral-cancer-screeningOral cancer often begins as a small red or white lesion and can affect any part of the oral cavity. Patients are often unaware of abnormal cells or suspicious lesions in their mouths. Dentists and dental hygienists have the tools and knowledge to screen for oral cancer and incorporate a cancer screening in their dental exams.

Signs of oral cancer may include red or white patches, lumps, or crusted lesions. Monitoring them for any changes in size or color is important. Tobacco and alcohol consumption increase the risk for oral cancer. Should you notice any changes to your oral mucosa or suspicious lesion, contact your dentist for an evaluation.

There are multiple tools dentists use to detect oral cancer. Brush biopsies and stains evaluate the epithelial cells and determine whether the lesion is normal or abnormal. If the results come back abnormal, the dentist will often refer the patient to an oral surgeon for further evaluations and perhaps a biopsy of the lesion.

It is important to have preventative care and dental check ups to help screen for oral cancer and early detection. For more information about oral cancer including risks, symptoms, and treatment click here.

Client Testimonials

The entire staff is excellent in delivering the highest quality dental care under the guidance of Dr. Calcagno. I drive from San Jose to see the Calcagno team. They are, far and away, the very best.5stars
Camille is very professional and excellent at what she does. She always makes me feel comfortable. Recently, someone tried to recruit my husband and I to their dental practice. I told my husband; "no Camille, no deal!" My experience with Dr. Calcagno and his staff has made the experience of "going to the dentist," pleasurable. Thank you.5stars

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Dr Calcagno has been my dentists for over 20 years. He and his entire staff will always spend time to have everything explained to you and what all the possible options are. They will treat you like family, need I say more!5stars
I always have a great experience at Dr. Calcagno's office. Dr. Calcagno and his Staff are always very caring and positive. It is a wonderful environment and always love to go back to his office. They have taken care of all my dental needs and go above and beyond for their clients. 5stars
Always satisfied with the expert service from Dr. Calcagno and his very qualified staff.5stars

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As always, a very pleasant, relaxing visit..this team is the best! And Dr.Calcagno their suburb leader!5stars
My dental hygenist does an excellent job of cleaning my teeth in a thorough and efficient manner. The dentist exam is also thorough and I appreciate that he keeps me informed about areas of concern and what his plan of action is.5stars
The dental asst always makes me feel so comfortable so my anticipation is never stressful. I thought i was going to need a crown or at the least a new filling but he was able to repair the tooth... Thank you Dr. Calcagno and staff.5stars

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As always!!!...the best care a patient can receive. Dr. Calcagno, you and your staff have my healthcare at the top of your mission. Thank you for a wonderful visit and keeping my smile, smiling!!! Enjoy your work days and keep those smiles coming.5stars
I love this dental office! The whole office is so professional yet super friendly. The office staff sets the tone by knowing exactly who you are when you walk in the door. The hygienist does the best job ever, and the doctor is super friendly at the same time explaining the best course of action to correct any problems without feeling any pressure. I highly recommend this dental office!5stars

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