April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

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April is National Cancer Control Month, a time dedicated to creating awareness in the hopes of preventing the disease. For Dr's Kifer and Bowen it is a chance to educate people on risk factors such as tobacco and alcohol use and human papillomavirus (HPV).

What Does HPV Have to do with Oral Health?

This frightening connection to HPV is rarely acknowledged, but we now know that it can lead to oral cancer, bringing the disease to a younger population than ever before. Even worse, standard sexually transmitted infection (STI) tests do not screen for HPV, and people often don’t even know they have it until something worse develops. Your dentist may be the only one who can help you with early detection of oral cancer.

Systems of oral cancer can be, persistent mouth sores, pain in ear or mouth.  Dr. Kifer also says, systems can be chronic hoarseness, non-tender lump in neck, abnormal swallowing, and peculiar sore throat.  If you have any systems see you healthcare provider. Early-stage oral cancer is often painless and goes undetected, making dental check ups at Northwest Arkansas Family Dentist so important.  Our team does a six step screening for oral cancer.

Contact our Fayetteville, AR Dental Office For Your Screening 

“Regular checkups at your dental office and self-evaluations are both essential. Be aware of any bumps, discoloration of tissue (such as white or red areas) or changes to the mouth, throat, tongue and lips,” are important explains Dr. Kifer.

If you have any questions or ready to make your hygiene appointment please give us a call today!  479.521.2002