April is oral cancer awareness month. If you haven’t been screened for oral cancer this year, we suggest you schedule a screening with Hires Dental Care in Toledo, OH. At Hires Dental Care we recommend that patients receive a biannual oral cancer screening. We encourage patients to schedule preventive dental care visits where patients can receive a dental cleaning, screenings for complex dental problems, and patient education. Regular visits to our Toledo dental office can help patients get the care they need to improve their oral health.
Oral Cancer Screening in Toledo, OH
Oral cancer is often diagnosed in the later stages. Receiving early diagnosis may help patients receive the treatment they need to overcome oral cancer. During a preventive care visit, Dr. J. Eric Hires will perform a thorough examination of your mouth, cheeks, lips, gums, and throat to look for any signs of oral cancer. The symptoms of oral cancer may vary from patient to patient. Some of the most common signs of oral cancer are:
- lesions or sores in the mouth or cheeks
- a persistent sore throat
- tenderness or pain in the lips or jaw
- difficulty swallowing
- lumps on the neck or in the oral cavity
- red or white patches in the oral cavity
If you notice any of these symptoms for more than two weeks, schedule an appointment at Hires Dental Care. One of our experienced dentists will work with you to get you the dental care you need.
Know Your Risks
- Smoking or tobacco use
- Alcohol consumption
- Exposure to HPV
Patients who are at high risk for developing oral cancer should visit the dentist regularly for routine screenings. Even patients who are not at high risk for oral cancer can benefit from regular screenings. If you have not scheduled an oral cancer screening, schedule an appointment at Hires Dental Care in Toledo, OH. To schedule an appointment, call 419.365.2217 or schedule an appointment online.