To ensure the safety of our patients and team members, and in compliance with federal and state recommendations, we are postponing all non-essential dental procedures due to the coronavirus outbreak. We will continue to be available for patients who need emergency care as determined by our doctors. If you are experiencing dental pain or infection, or otherwise believe you require emergency dental care, please contact us. Your health, and the health of our team members, remains our top priority. Please note that hours may vary at some practices. We appreciate your patience and understanding.
Oral cancer is commonly associated with alcohol consumption and tobacco products. However, recent studies have found other causes for oral cancer as well such as HPV. An oral cancer screening uses technology to check or abnormal cells or lesion in the oral cavity. Any abnormality detected will indicate the need for more advanced screenings and tests.
Oral cancer takes a life every hour of every day. But it doesn't have to. Learn the signs and symptoms, and if you think you're at risk – schedule an oral cancer screening today.
Are you at risk for oral cancer?
Although risk factors often influence the development of cancer, most do not directly cause cancer. Some people with several risk factors never develop cancer, while others with no known risk factors do. Knowing your risk factors and talking about them with your doctor may help you make more informed lifestyle and health care choices.
The earliest signs of oral cavity and oropharyngeal cancer may be mistaken for other problems, such as a toothache or cold. If symptoms persist for several days or weeks, it is important to see your doctor so that, if oral cancer is present, it can be diagnosed as soon as possible. Many of these symptoms can be due to other, less serious problems or other cancers.
The human papilloma virus (HPV) is an infection that can be transmitted through sexual contact, unwashed hands and saliva. HPV 16 and 18 have been linked to oral cancer. It is estimated that over 50% of all oral cancers are associated with HPV lesions. A vaccine is now available to prevent infections from HPV 16 and 18.