Men as early as in their twenties have been diagnosed with oral cancer. That makes oral cancer screenings essential for patients of all ages. Early diagnosis of oral cancer can save lives. Severna Park, MD Dr. Lynn Morgan provides all patients with an oral cancer screening at their preventative care visit every 6 months.
Studies show that men and some women as early as in their twenties are being more commonly diagnosed with oral cancer due to a rise in HPV exposure. Patients that have been exposed to or diagnosed with the HPV virus may have a higher risk of developing oral cancer. Lifestyle habits such as smoking, vaping, chewing tobacco, alcohol consumption and age are also important risk factors for oral cancer.
Signs of Oral Cancer
It is important to always be aware of any changes in your oral health. A self-screening every month can help catch oral cancer early. The earlier the diagnosis the more conservative and effective the treatment. If you notice any changes or have experienced any of the following symptoms be sure to alert Dr. Morgan.
- Sore throat
- Feeling of something caught in the throat
- Thickening of soft tissues
- Noticeable red or white patches in the mouth
- Numbness of the tongue
- Swelling in the jaw area
- Change in the fit of dentures
- Difficulty swallowing
Although these are symptoms of many oral health concerns, if they persist for more than 7 days they should be addressed by your dentist. Changes in the mouth or gums may not be obvious or may be difficult to spot. Professional oral screenings are essential for early diagnosis. Dr. Morgan utilizes a special light to see in the oral cavity and has special training in sighting signs of oral cancer.
Oral Cancer Screening Severna Park, MD
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We offer a full range of cosmetic and restorative dental treatments and top of the line dental technology to provide our patients with their optimal oral health. Dr. Morgan will help you create a comprehensive and unique oral health treatment plan so you may enjoy your optimal oral health. Contact our Severna Park dentist office or schedule an appointment online.