597 W Crossville Rd #100, Roswell, GA 30075 | 770.992.5858

Cancer Screening

Early Detection with Comprehensive Cancer Screening

Prioritize your health with proactive Oral Cancer Screening at Vlass and Merritt Dental Care in Roswell, GA. Utilizing advanced diagnostic techniques, our screenings are designed to detect early signs of oral cancer, enhancing the chances for successful treatment. With over 30 years of dental expertise, we are committed to providing thorough assessments, offering peace of mind and safeguarding your overall well-being. Trust our skilled team to help maintain your health with critical early detection.

Advanced Screening Technology

At Vlass & Merritt Dental Care, we utilize advanced screening technology, including oral cancer screening devices and digital imaging, to detect abnormalities or suspicious lesions in the oral cavity. These tools enable us to identify potential signs of oral cancer at the earliest stages when treatment is most effective, allowing for prompt intervention and improved outcomes for our patients.

Expertise in Oral Pathology

Our dental team includes experts in oral pathology who are trained to recognize the subtle signs and symptoms of oral cancer. With their specialized knowledge and experience, they can accurately interpret screening results and recommend appropriate follow-up care, including further diagnostic testing or referral to a specialist if needed. This ensures that our patients receive the highest standard of care and support throughout the screening process.

Patient Education and Support

We believe in empowering our patients with knowledge and information about oral cancer prevention and early detection. During your visit, our dental team will provide education on risk factors for oral cancer, the importance of regular screenings, and self-examination techniques for monitoring oral health at home. By raising awareness and promoting proactive measures, we aim to reduce the incidence and impact of oral cancer in our community.

Early Detection Saves Lives: Cancer Screening at Vlass & Merritt Dental Care

Vlass & Merritt Dental Care prioritizes your overall health by offering comprehensive cancer screening services. Our skilled dental team utilizes advanced screening techniques and technology to detect early signs of oral cancer, providing timely intervention and potentially life-saving treatment for our patients.

Cancer Screening FAQ's

Oral cancer screening is a visual and physical examination performed by a dentist or oral health professional to detect signs of oral cancer or precancerous conditions in the mouth, lips, tongue, throat, and surrounding tissues.

Oral cancer screening is important for the early detection of oral cancer, which can improve treatment outcomes and increase the chances of successful recovery. Early detection allows for prompt intervention and treatment, potentially preventing the spread of cancer to other parts of the body.

Oral cancer screening is recommended for adults of all ages, especially those with risk factors such as tobacco use (including smoking and smokeless tobacco), heavy alcohol consumption, previous history of oral cancer, exposure to human papillomavirus (HPV), and prolonged sun exposure (for lip cancer).

Oral cancer screening typically involves a visual examination of the oral cavity and palpation (physical inspection) of the lips, gums, tongue, throat, and surrounding tissues. Your dentist may also use additional screening tools such as oral cancer screening devices or imaging tests to aid in the detection of abnormalities.

The frequency of oral cancer screening may vary depending on individual risk factors and the recommendations of your dentist or healthcare provider. In general, oral cancer screening is often performed as part of routine dental check-ups, which are typically recommended every six months for most adults.

Read Our 5-Star Ratings

We are new patients to the practice and have had the pleasure of seeing Dr. Joseph Merritt. Dr. Merritt is currently treating my mom who is 90 years old and helping her with some aging gum and teeth issues. The technology that Dr. MERRITT has introduced us to has been absolutely incredible but with technology comes questions. Dr. MERRITT took the time to explain everything to us, step-by-step and answered each and every question. He took his time and made sure Mom understood what he was recommending and why. I was very impressed with his attention to detail and caring approach to each conversation. We just returned from our second visit and again can report another great experience and the communication with the practice has been excellent. Kim coordinated all the transfer of mom’s dental records within an hour, so our visits have been very thorough. Did I mention the amazing technology? It is worth repeating. I am so relieved my mom is in excellent hands and we will be returning to continue the treatments Dr. MERRITT has recommended.
Dr. Vlass is my dentist even though I drive 1.5 hours to his office. I trust his judgment and he does a terrific job with my teeth. As I am advanced in years, and he has had to deal with some sensitive conditions in my mouth with outstanding results. I highly recommend their practice.
Have you ever thought you would take the time to give a dentist a review...let alone 5 stars? Well, me neither, until now. My business is all about relationships, so I pay attention when someone else values and understands that relationships are everything too. Joey Merritt, not only gets it, he embraces it. His actions and professionalism forced me to leave a dental practice that my entire family was immensely happy with when one emergency issue was treated with immediate concern at the expense of his personal time. Prior to Joey meeting me in a bad moment, the only thing we knew about each other was that my wife played tennis with his mom. What I learned after that about him was more than enough to immediately come home and tell my family that we had a new friend and dentist for life. True story.
I LOVE Dr. Merritt! He's so kind and compassionate. He's an incredible dentist! His staff is also on the same level. I've been going there for years. I first saw Dr. Vlass, then Dr. Merritt when he joined the practice. I can't recommend them enough!!
I feel that the staff listens to my concerns when I call and they try to schedule me as soon as possible. When I am seen I am confident of their care of my teeth and dental concerns. The staff is very professional! I have been seen by Dr Vlass and Dr Merritt and both are very caring and exceptional dentists. This is an outstanding dental practice! I love my dentists!!

Take Control of Your Oral Health with Cancer Screening

Protect your health and well-being with cancer screening services at Vlass & Merritt Dental Care. Our commitment to early detection and prevention ensures that you receive the highest quality care and support for your oral health needs. Schedule a screening appointment today to prioritize your overall health and well-being.

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Barry L. Vlass, DMD

Dr. Barry Vlass graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a bachelors degree in biology in 1976. He then attended Tufts University School of Dental Medicine located in Boston, Massachusetts where he obtained his doctorate in dental medicine (D.M.D.) in 1981.

He began practicing dentistry in Roswell in 1981. Dr. Vlass has enjoyed a successful career in dentistry due to his sincere commitment to continuing education and providing his patients with the latest technology in the field of dentistry.

Associations & Distinctions

Joseph Merritt, DMD

Dr. Joseph Merritt grew up and currently resides in Roswell, Ga., and he is a proud alumnus of Roswell High School. After graduating from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, he obtained his Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree from the University of Louisville, School of Dentistry.

The driving force of Dr. Merritt’s career is his calling to serve others locally and in communities with limited access to dental care. He has volunteered on multiple dental mission trips to Nicaragua and Jamaica. Dr. Merritt also volunteered at a Free Day of Dentistry several years in a row in Savannah, Ga., where he started his career in dentistry.

Dr. Merritt specializes in restorative and cosmetic dental procedures. He is also a certified Invisalign provider and extensively trained in dental implants.

Outside of the office, Dr. Merritt enjoys golfing, working out, playing cornhole, and spending time with family and friends — especially with his wife Kellie, daughter Lenny, and dog Lady. Anytime you want to talk about Georgia sports… he’s your guy!

Associations & Distinctions