Oral Cancer Screening in Petaluma, CA

Did you know that almost 42,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral and throat cancers this year?

The good news is that when oral cancer is detected and treated early, there is a high survival rate.

Besides environmental factors; tobacco, sun, age, diet and alcohol, HPV (human papillomavirus) has a strong link to oral cancer.

At Petaluma Dental Group we can test you for HPV and will be able to tell you more about your susceptibility to oral cancer. Regular visits to your dentist can also improve the chances that any suspicious changes in your oral health will be caught early, when cancer can be treated more easily.

Please let us know if you have any of these symptoms and they do not disappear after two weeks.

  • A sore or irritation that doesn’t go away
  • Red or white patches in your mouth
  • Pain, tenderness or numbness in your mouth or lips
  • A lump, thickening, rough spot, crust or small eroded area
  • Difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking or moving your tongue or jaw
  • A change in the way your teeth fit together when you close your mouth

Don’t forget to ask your dentist to do your oral cancer screening and HPV testing on your next visit.

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