Come to Ward Dental Care for Oral Cancer Screenings

When it comes to oral cancer, it is always better to be safe than sorry. While oral cancer screenings can be vital for early detection, it is unlikely that you will schedule an appointment for one unless you first recognize the symptoms, such as:

– Difficulty swallowing
– Long-term mouth sores
– White patches inside your mouth
– Lumps or growths in your mouth

– Ear pain
– Mouth pain
– Loose teeth

If you have been experiencing any of these symptoms, schedule a consultation for an oral cancer screening with Dr. Kevin Ward. Dr. Ward, the experienced dentist at Ward Dental Care, has experience and expertise in oral cancers and prevention, and will thoroughly examine you. To set up your consultation with our dentist, call Ward Dental Care at (304) 754-9008, or contact us online for more information.

Risk Factors and Ways to Prevent Oral Cancer

Another important thing when determining whether you need an oral cancer screening is considering the risk factors for the disease. Ask yourself some of these questions:

Do I use tobacco products, including cigarettes, chewing tobacco, cigars, and others?

Have I been heavily exposed to the sun?

– Do I consume heavy amounts of alcohol?

– Has my immune system been weakened recently? (Getting sick more frequently)

– Do I have the virus, human papillomavirus (HPV)?

If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, you are potentially at risk of oral cancer. Abstaining from tobacco products, drinking only in moderation, applying sunscreen to your lips when going outside, and making routine appointments with your dentist are all preventative measures that could reduce your risk of oral cancer. If you live in the Berkeley County, WV area, there is one dentist who specializes in oral cancer screenings and encourages preventative measures through the always-evolving world of dentistry. Dr. Kevin Ward of Ward Dental Care will be here for you every step of the way, and will advise your dental behaviors as they pertain to oral cancer. For more information or to schedule an oral cancer screening, call our dentist at Ward Dental Care today.