Help us fight oral cancer. This year 53,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or oropharyngeal cancer. That number, although staggering, is expected to increase yearly. In 2019, it is expected that 16,000 men and 3,000 women will develop oral cancer. There are two distinct pathways by which most people come to oral cancers. For example, one is through the use of tobbaco and alcohol, which is a long-term problem and historic cause. The other is through HPV, or Human Papilloma Virus. With nearly 200 strains of HPV, these numbers may come at no surprise to you. Flower Mound Dental wants you to know what you should understand and look for.
Oral Cancer – CDC – Centers for Disease Control
According to the CDC – Centers for Disease Control, about 72% of all oral cancers are the results of an oncogenic HPV infection. White, non-smoking males in their 40’s and 50’s are most at risk, 4 to 1 over females. These infections occurred in their early life stages, not in later decades. In fact, almost all HPV infections occur in peoples’ teens and 20’s from earlier life choices and decisions. Help us fight oral cancer together by knowing the signs and symptoms.
Oral Cancer Signs and Symptoms
- Hoarseness or sore throat that does not resolve itself within a few weeks.
- A painless, firm, fixated lump felt on the outside of the neck, which has been there for at least two weeks.
- Constant coughing that does not resolve itself after many days.
- Difficulty swallowing; a sensation that food is getting caught in your throat.
- An earache on one side (unilateral) that persists for more than a few days.
- All of the above symptoms have the commonality of being persistent and not resolving.
Oral Cancer Risk Factors
- Tobacco use in all its forms.
- Alcohol usage is also a major risk factor.
- HPV Infections.
- 10 percent will come from unknown causes.
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Help us fight oral cancer with early detection. Be sure to call Mary today for an appointment to stay on top of your dental care and dental needs. She can be reached at (972) 355-2222.
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About Flower Mound Dental
Flower Mound Dental is here to meet your dental needs. We provide truly gentle, exceptional dentistry. Dr. Wyatt offers a wide variety of preventative, restorative, and cosmetic dental services. Flower Mound Dental is located in the Flower Mound Kroger Shopping Center, near Lifetime Fitness. Above all, we want you to be comfortable here. For instance, bring us your dental concerns. In other words, we are committed to your oral health and wellness. Dr. Wyatt provides a calm, inviting atmosphere to make you feel at home.
About Dr. William E. Wyatt Jr.
When it comes to dental education, it’s hard to find anyone more knowledgeable than Dr. Wyatt. In other words, Dr. Wyatt is actively involved in many facets of continuing education. He participates in dental conferences, symposia, and fellowships. In 1986, he received his Fellowship from the Academy of General Dentistry. He completed 500 hours of additional continuing education and a rigorous written exam. Dr. Wyatt has studied with some of the most respected dentists in the world. The Texas State Board of Dental Examiners requires 12 hours of continuing education every year to maintain licensure. For example, Dr. Wyatt regularly averages 200 hours per year. That’s 1600% more than he’s legally required to do. As a result, this affords him access to the latest technological advances in dentistry.
Dr. Wyatt has held memberships in the following organizations:
- The American Dental Implant Association
- The Academy of General Dentistry
- The American Dental Institute
- American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
- Seattle Study Club Dental Business Academy
- The American Association of Cosmetic Dentistry
In addition, he is very active in his community. For example, Dr. Wyatt is a featured speaker in the chamber of commerce and other organizations. Above all, he is a published author on Dentaltown. In conclusion, be sure to follow Dr. Wyatt on Twitter @DrWilliamWyatt.