Oral Cancer Screening

Oral cancer, like many other types of cancer, is most easily and successfully treated when detected early.  As part of a holistic approach to oral health, an oral cancer screening can be done right in our office as part of your regular exam.

Our dentists have the skills and tools necessary to ensure any early signs of oral cancer or pre-cancerous conditions are detected and identified.

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The symptoms below may be caused by other, less serious problems.  However it’s important to be aware that these may also be signs of oral cancer.

  • A lump in or around the lips or mouth
  • A thickening or rough spot in or around the mouth
  • Red or white spot or sores anywhere within the oral cavity
  • A sore in the area that bleeds easily and does not heal
  • Tenderness, pain or numbness anywhere in the mouth or on the lips
  • Any difficulty in chewing, speaking, or swallowing
  • Difficulty moving the jaw or the tongue

As part of your routine dental checkup or on a more immediate basis, a simple, quick screening that involves examination of the entire oral cavity can be done to detect any pre-cancerous or cancerous condition.  This includes a visual exam as well as manually feeling the tissue of the mouth and throat to detect any abnormalities.  If any area of concern is located, a simple test can be performed and laboratory analysis done.

Other things you can do to help prevent oral cancer are avoid all tobacco products, drink only in moderation and maintain a healthy and balanced diet.  You should also limit your exposure to the sun and use sun protective lotion on your lips as well as your skin.

If you experience any of these, contact our dental office and make an appointment.  We are here to help: (802) 878-5591

Meet Your Dentists

Dr. J. Allen Feeley DDS
Dr. J. Allen Feeley DDS
“I enjoy being able to take care of people on a daily basis, whether it is getting them out of pain, improving their smile, or simply keeping them in excellent dental health. Having practiced over 30 years, I have enjoyed the relationships that I’ve developed with our family of patients.”

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Dr. Nathan Makay DDS
Dr. Nathan Makay DDS
“My profession means everything to me. It is what drives me every day and, other than my family, it is what I enjoy the most. Having the opportunity to make people feel better about themselves and their smiles, and to work with people who enjoy it as well, is unexplainable.”

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Dr. Michael L. Gibilisco DMD
Dr. Michael L. Gibilisco DMD
“Some children dream to grow up and become astronauts or cowboys, but I’ve always wanted to be a dentist. Now my profession is my passion and my life. Every day is an adventure and the opportunity to help others is a gift to me.”

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Dr. Jessica Hacker DDS
Dr. Jessica Hacker DDS
“I view myself as an advocate for the patient’s health, not as some sort of Dentistry Dictator. My job is to give patients as many options as possible, explain the differences, and help them make decisions that fit their lives.”

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What Sets Us Apart?


The professionals at Essex Family Dental are among the most skilled dental care teams in Vermont. Dr. J. Allen Feeley, Dr. Nathan Makay, Dr. Michael L. Gibilisco, and Dr. Jessica Hacker apply their expertise and consult with one another for the unique benefit of the people they treat.


Your ease at our practice is very important to us, whether that means a comfortable waiting room, painless treatment, or feeling informed about your care. Our doctors are happy to educate you about your treatment options and our staff is always gentle.


Essex Family Dental keeps the most convenient hours, offering appointments until 7pm Monday-Thursday, including morning and afternoon appointments on Friday and Saturday. We also schedule same-day treatment for patients with emergency needs.