Oral cancer is one of the most fatal cancers because it is often not diagnosed until the later stages of development. Men are two times more likely to develop oral cancer and are less likely to visit the dentist. Fallston, MD dentist Dr. Melissa Elliott encourages all adult men to visit the dentist at least twice a year to screen for oral cancer. Early diagnosis could be life saving.
Visiting Harford County Dentistry twice a year can help to catch oral cancer in the early stages for conservative treatment. Men over the age of 44, smokers and anyone exposed to HPV are at an increased risk of oral cancer. Dr. Elliott also encourages patients in high risk groups to check their own mouths once every few months. Be aware of your mouth, small changes could signify larger problems. If you notice any of the following signs or symptoms that persist for more than a week or so, be sure to contact our Fallston dentist office for an oral exam.
Signs & Symptoms of Oral Cancer
- Persistent sore throat
- A feeling that there is something caught in the throat
- Trouble swallowing
- Thickening of parts of the tongue, lips, cheeks or gums
- Red or white patches in the mouth
- Numbness of the tongue or lips
- Change in the fit of dentures or bite
Oral Cancer Screening Fallston, MD
Oral cancer screenings are painless, and quick. In less than five minutes, Dr. Elliott will have effortlessly screened your mouth for cancer. Early diagnosis saves lives.
Schedule Your Oral Exam
Dr. Elliott and our compassionate dental care team will welcome you to visit our Fallston dentist office. Our team is dedicated to providing personalized, compassionate and quality care to all of our patients. Schedule your oral health exam at Harford County Dentistry so you may enjoy many more years of healthy, happy smiles.