Every April the American Dental Association and Pinehurst NC dentists Dr. Clement Monroe and Dr. Kamron Monroe bring attention to the growing health concern of Oral Cancer. Oral cancer is on the rise and dentists are diagnosing patients at younger ages. Routine visits to the dentist can help catch oral cancer early for conservative and effective treatment. Early diagnosis is essential, and routine oral cancer screenings could save your life.
Oral Cancer Screening Pinehurst, NC
Oral cancer screenings take just a short few minutes to complete. Non-invasive and practically painless, oral cancer screenings can save lives. The process is simple. Your Pinehurst dentist will carefully examine your all surfaces of your gums, tongue and other soft oral tissues. You will be screened for oral cancer during every routine oral health exam.
Oral Cancer Signs & Symptoms
There are signs and symptoms to be aware of that could help in early diagnosis of oral cancer. You can self-screen your tongue, gums and cheeks every month to look for any noticeable changes. If you experience any of the following symptoms be sure to schedule a visit to see Dr.Monroe or Dr. Monroe.
- If you have a small sore, thickening, rough spot, or crusty spot that persists
- If you find red or white patches in your mouth
- If you experience any pain or numbness in your lips
- If you begin to experience difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking or moving your tongue or jaw
Oral Cancer Risk Factors
There are risk factors that can increase your likelihood of developing oral cancer. Some are genetic, and others can be prevented through lifestyle choices. All patients should visit the dentist twice a year for an oral cancer screening as anyone can develop oral cancer.
- Age: oral cancer increases in patients after 44 but has been diagnosed in patients as young as in their 20s.
- Tobacco Use: If you smoke, vape, or chew, you greatly increase your risk of developing oral cancer. If you drink alcohol while smoking, the risk of developing cancer increases.
- HPV: if you have HPV, or have been exposed to HPV you may be more likely to get oral cancer.