Patients should schedule routine preventive care visits twice a year. During your preventive care visit, Dr. Leonard Hess will perform a comprehensive exam, which includes an oral cancer screening.
Oral cancer continues to be one of the deadliest forms of cancers because it is often identified in its later stages. Getting screened for oral cancer in inexpensive, painless, and can possibly save your life. Located in Monroe, NC, Dr. Leonard Hess performs an oral cancer screening as part of preventive dental care to look for the early warning signs of oral cancer. If you need to schedule a preventive care visit, contact our Monroe, NC dental office or schedule an appointment online.
Know The Signs of Oral Cancer
Understanding the possible signs of oral cancer can lead to an early diagnosis, but in many cases, they can go unnoticed until a thorough examination by Dr. Hess. During your examination, Dr. Hess will look for any signs of oral cancer.
- Common signs of oral cancer:
- Sore or red/white patch in the mouth that does not heal
- A persistent sore throat
- Lump in the back of the mouth, face, or neck
- Difficulty swallowing
- Pain or discomfort in the oral cavity, face, or neck
- Bleeding in the mouth
- Swelling of the mouth
Spotting oral cancer in the early stages is extremely important because late stage disease is often challenging to treat and find an effective solution. If you notice any of the symptoms listed above, we suggest you schedule an appointment with Dr. Hess. Oral cancer screenings only take a few minutes out of your dental visit.
Be sure to visit Dr. Hess in Monroe, NC twice a year for preventive dental care and screening for complex dental problems. Dr. Hess can also discuss the risk factors associated with oral cancer with you if you have concerns based on your health history or lifestyle habits. If oral cancer is found during your examine, Dr. Hess will work with a local specialist to coordinate the care you need.
Know Your Risks!
- Oral cancer risk factors
- Smoking or tobacco use
- Family history of cancer
- Excessive alcohol consumption
- Exposure to HPV
Oral cancer screening is just another great reason to be sure that you visit our Monroe, NC dentist office twice a year. Preventive dental care not only supports a good quality of life but may be life-saving!