Oral cancer has become a leading fatal cancer due to late diagnosis. Men are twice as likely to develop oral cancer and, less likely to visit the dentist. Hampton Roads, VA dentist Dr. William Harper highly encourages all patients, especially men, to receive oral cancer screenings at least twice a year during their biannual dental checkups.
Oral Cancer Screening Hampton Roads, VA
Oral cancer screenings are one the most basic procedures you could have at the dentist. Screenings are relatively painless and take less than five minutes to complete. Early diagnosis can save lives.
Dr. Harper stresses the importance of visiting the dentist twice a year. Finding oral cancer in the earliest stages may allow for conservative treatment. Patients who are male, have been exposed to HPV, or are smokers may be at a higher risk for developing oral cancer.
You should always be aware of any changes in your mouth. You can self check once a month for any changes in your gums, tongue, cheeks or face. Even small changes may be a sign of a more serious problem. If you notice any of the following signs or symptoms that persist for more than two weeks, be sure to contact our Hampton Roads dentist office for an oral exam.
Signs & Symptoms of Oral Cancer
- Sore throat
- Feeling that there is something caught in your throat
- Difficulty swallowing
- Thickening of parts of the tongue, lips, cheeks or gums
- Red or white patches on the tongue, lips or cheeks
- Numbness of the tongue or lips
- Swelling of the face or oral cavity
- Change in the fit of your dentures or bite
Schedule Your Oral Exam
Dr. Harper and our compassionate dental care team welcome you to visit our Hampton Roads dentist office. Our team is dedicated to providing personalized, compassionate and quality care to all of our patients. Schedule your oral health exam at Harper Dental so you may enjoy many more years of healthy, happy smiles.