The Daily Mail (11/7, Matthews) includes persistent sore throats, difficulty chewing, loose teeth, and a painful tongue among oral cancer symptoms that people may be unaware of. People are encouraged to take these symptoms seriously and seek care from a dentist if experiencing them. The article lists several steps to help reduce the risk of oral cancer, such as receiving the HPV vaccine, avoiding tobacco use, limiting alcohol consumption, eating a healthy diet, using UV protection, and visiting the dentist regularly.
The ADA has released an updated oral cancer clinical practice guideline. In addition, the Oral Health Topics on ADA.org and MouthHealthy.org provide information on oral and oropharyngeal cancer for dental professionals and for patients. To learn more about oral and oropharyngeal cancer, register for a CE course on HPV-related oropharyngeal cancer. MouthHealthy.org also provides information for patients on HPV and oral cancer.