Oral cancer is a growing health concern in the United States and the targeted demographics are shifting. Men are generally at a higher risk of developing oral cancer, and the average age of diagnosis is falling. Recent studies have shown the connection between exposure to certain strains of the HPV virus and an increased risk for oral cancers.
Due to spreading of the HPV virus, doctors are seeing a rise in oral cancer in men as early as in their twenties. Early diagnosis is essential for effective treatment. Atlanta dentist Dr. Maria Benefield recommends all patients visit our Sandy Springs, GA dentist office twice a year for oral cancer screenings, which are an important part of our routine preventive dental care program.
Oral Cancer Screenings Sandy Springs, GA
There is nothing to fear when getting an oral cancer screening. Oral cancer screenings are simple, quick and painless. Dr. Benefield will survey the gums, lips and cheeks to check for signs of developing cancer. In just two minutes the procedure will be over. It is especially important for patients in high risk groups to receive frequent oral health exams.
High Risk Groups for Oral Cancer
- Smokers, Vapers, Tobacco Chewers
- Those exposed to HPV
- Above the age of 44
For those in high risk groups, Dr. Benefield may also recommend that you perform at home exams on your mouth. Always pay close attention to the condition of the soft tissues in your mouth as well as your teeth. If you notice any of the below symptoms that persists for up to two weeks, be sure to call our Sandy Springs dentist office to schedule an oral exam.
Signs of Oral Cancer
- Red or white patches
- Small sores, or thickening of soft tissue
- Tenderness or pain in lips or gums
- Numbness in tongue
- Change in the fit of your bite or dental restoration
- Difficulty with swallowing or feeling of something stuck in your throat
Preventive Dental Care Atlanta, GA
A daily oral hygiene routine and frequently scheduled visits to our Sandy Springs dentist office can help keep your smile functional, healthy and beautiful. Every visit will include a thorough oral health exam and Dr. Benefield will exam your teeth, gums and neck area. Remember, early diagnosis saves lives. Enjoy the benefits of your best oral health and schedule a consultation with Dr. Benefield.