April is the beginning of oral cancer awareness month. Oral cancer commonly affects men older than 40; however, oral cancer is being diagnosed in younger patients, both men, and women. According to studies, patients who are exposed to HPV (the human papillomavirus), who use tobacco, consume alcohol, and who are over the age of 40, may have a higher risk of developing oral cancer. Oral cancer is commonly diagnosed in the later stages because patients aren’t receiving regular screenings. Routine dental visits allow your dentist to carefully examine your oral cavity and search for any signs of oral cancer. At Creekside Dentistry in Amherst, NY, Dr. Walter Neuhaus and Dr. Karl Neuhaus recommend that patients schedule biannual preventive dental care visits. During your visit, Drs. Neuhaus and Neuhaus can screen your smile for complex dental issues like gum disease and oral cancer.
Early diagnosis may help increase your chance of beating oral cancer and finding the right treatment for your needs. Don’t wait until it’s too late before you get screened for oral cancer.
Signs and Symptoms of Oral Cancer: In its earliest stages, oral cancer can often go unnoticed. Some patients may exhibit noticeable symptoms whereas other patients may not. It is critical to undergo routine dental exams by an experienced dentist. During your checkup, Drs. Neuhaus and Neuhaus can examine the mouth and check for red or white spots, lesions or sores, discoloration, and any changes to your oral tissue. Drs. Neuhaus and Neuhaus will also ask if you have experienced any pain or swelling in the jaw or neck, a sore throat, numbness in the face, or a persistent earache. Oral cancer can develop anywhere in the oral cavity which may include the gums, tongue, cheek, throat, or tonsils. Drs. Neuhaus and Neuhaus are highly trained dentists who have undergone extensive training to diagnose and treat a wide range of dental concerns.
If oral cancer is suspected during your exam, Drs. Neuhaus and Neuhaus will work with you to coordinate the next steps in your treatment process. At Creekside Dentistry we encourage patients to visit our Amherst dental office on a regular basis. We are committed to the health of each of our patients, and we can work with to help improve your oral health.
Schedule A Oral Cancer Screening
If you need to schedule an oral cancer screening, visit Creekside Dentistry in Amherst, NY. If you would like to schedule an appointment, call (716) 262-8070 or schedule an appointment online.