Regular oral cancer screenings may help you get the early diagnosis needed to get you the treatment you need. Frequent visits to the dentist not only help you keep your oral health on the right track, but it can also improve the quality of your overall health.

Greenwood dentist Dr. Benjamin Stevens offers complete comprehensive exams during a visit to Beautiful Smiles in Greenwood, IN. During your comprehensive exam, general dentist Dr. Stevens screens for complex dental problems such as gum disease, bite disorders, and oral cancer. Dr. Stevens recommends patients visit his Greenwood dental office at least twice a year from routine preventive care visits. Preventive care visits allow Dr. Stevens to examine your teeth, mouth, and gums and provide the treatment you need to improve your oral health. Don’t wait until it’s too late before scheduling an appointment with Dr. Stevens at Beautiful Smiles in Greenwood, IN.

Possible Symptoms of Oral Cancer

Knowing the signs of oral cancer may help save your life. If you are noticing anything different about your oral health, it is important that you visit an experienced dentist immediately. Oral cancer can appear anywhere in your oral cavity, which includes your lips, mouth, cheeks, gums, throat, and tongue.

Oral cancer may cause these symptoms:

  • Sores or red and white patches in the mouth
  • A sore throat
  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing
  • Discomfort or pain in the mouth, lips, or neck

If these symptoms persist for more than a few weeks, you may want to consider visiting Beautiful Smiles. Dr. Stevens can perform a thorough examination of your oral cavity to determine if oral cancer is present.

Know Your Risks

Knowing your risk factors may encourage you to change some habits in your life and possibly minimize your chance of developing oral cancer.

Possible Risks Factors:

  • Smoking and tobacco use
  • Alcohol
  • Family history of cancer
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Gender
  • Age

Dr. Stevens is an experienced dentist in Greenwood, IN. Dr. Stevens and his dental care team are committed to helping patients achieve a healthy smile. If you haven’t visited the dentist recently, or have noticed adverse changes in your oral health; schedule an appointment with Dr. Stevens. Patients can call our office to schedule an appointment or schedule an appointment online today.