Early diagnosis of oral cancer may save your life. Oral cancer often goes undetected for too long. Often difficult to spot, it is essential to have a trained dentist examine your mouth at least twice a year. Chester Springs, PA dentist Dr. Jason Petkevis provides thorough and regular oral cancer exams for all of his patients at their biannual dental checkups.
Oral cancer may develop on your tongue, tonsils, gums, cheeks or on the floor of your mouth. It can be difficult to see these areas in your own mouth. Having Dr. Petkevis examine your mouth will allow for a better range of vision. Dr. Petkevis is also highly trained and experienced dentist and knows what signs to look for.
Some patients have a lifestyle or genetic factor that may increase their risk of developing oral cancer. Anyone can develop oral cancer, but those with risk factors may consider being screened more frequently. If you notice any changes in the soft tissues of your mouth, cheeks or face, it is important to contact Dr. Petkevis as soon as you can.
Oral Cancer Risk Factors
- Age: Patients over the age of 45 are more likely to develop oral cancer. Due to an increase of HPV exposure, oral cancer is now being diagnosed in men and some women as early as in their twenties.
- Tobacco Use: Any tobacco use, smoking, vaping, or chewing, may increase your chances of developing oral cancer. And if you drink alcohol and smoke, you may be at an even higher risk of developing oral cancer. These lifestyle habits also increase your chances of developing other advanced oral health conditions such as gum disease, tooth decay, and cardiovascular disease.
- HPV Exposure: If you have been exposed to or diagnosed with HPV, be sure to let Dr. Petkevis know. HPV increases your chances of developing oral cancer.
- Gender: Men are more likely to develop oral cancer. Although it is important to stress that women still do develop oral cancer and should be screened.
Schedule An Appointment
Schedule a consultation with Dr. Petkevis for a quick and painless oral cancer screening. Highly trained and experienced, Dr. Petkevis uses the latest in dental technology to offer his patients quality and compassionate dental care. Dr. Petkevis welcomes new patients from Main Line, Chester Springs, Exton, or Downingtown PA.