Oral Cancer Awareness, it’s more than a month, it’s always.
Matthews, NC (PRWEB) May 01, 2017
Dr. Kiya Green, a periodontist in Matthews, NC, with Matthews Periodontics, supports Oral Cancer Awareness Month and accepts new patients for thorough oral cancer screenings using the latest technology such as ORAL ID, a fluorescent light that shines through the tissue to detect lesions before they are visible to the naked eye. Dr. Green is also educating patients on common symptoms of this potentially deadly condition which often go unnoticed or misdiagnosed. Dr. Green makes it a point to complete a cancer screening on all of her dental patients at each of their new patient and yearly exams.
Oral cancer occurs in roughly 50,000 people, annually. According to the American Cancer Society, in 2017, 9,700 people are likely to die from the condition. The most common areas of the mouth affected by cancer include the tongue, gums, tonsils, and floor of the mouth. However, the lips, minor salivary glands and other sites can also become cancerous.
As a periodontist in Matthews, NC, Dr. Green knows that the most common symptom of oral cancer is that the early stages have no symptoms. Hence the importance of oral exams because oral cancer has the best survival rate when detected early. However, patients with more advanced stages, may present with symptoms of oral cancer. The most common signs include:
- Pain in the mouth
- Sores that do not heal
- White and red patches on the tongue, gums, tonsils or linings of the mouth
- Lump or thick area in the cheek
Patients may also experience trouble swallowing or chewing, moving the tongue or jaw, and numbness in the tongue. Loose teeth, voice changes and persistent bad breath can also be tell-tale signs of the condition. These symptoms are often associated with other more common and less deadly conditions. To avoid this complication, Dr. Green now employs a new technology that enhances the cancer screening process by detecting abnormalities unseen by the naked eye and catching problem areas before they develop into cancer.
“Oral Cancer Awareness,” says Dr. Green, “it’s more than a month, it’s always.” Those who would like to be evaluated by an experienced periodontist in Matthews, NC, are invited to seek care from Dr. Green. Call 704-847-5657 to schedule a personalized appointment or visit http://www.matthewsperio.com.
About the Practice
Matthews Periodontics is a periodontal dental practice offering personalized dental care to patients in Matthews, NC. Dr. Kiya Green is an experienced, board-certified periodontist who offers a variety of dental and periodontal services including dental implants, laser dentistry, sedation dentistry and gum disease and gum recession treatment. Dr. Green is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. To learn more about Matthews Periodontics, Dr. Green or the services they offer, visit http://www.matthewsperio.com or call 704-847-5657 to schedule a customized consultation with Dr. Green.