The mouth is a gateway to the body. Many patients pay attention to how their teeth look and function, but when was the last time you looked at your gums or the lining of your mouth? Paying attention to changes can help identify and treat oral diseases earlier to protect your health. Dr. Clemenza is well-versed in diagnosing and treating oral pathology processes with over 20 years in practice.
What Our Oral Surgeon Looks For
Dentists are often the first to notice changes in the mouth during routine exams, but you can look for symptoms at home too. Issues that should not be ignored and which Dr. Clemenza looks for during examinations include:
- Discolorations of the gums or lining of the mouth, including red or white patches
- Thickening patches of skin or lumps in the mouth
- Sores that bleed or do not heal within a few days
- Trouble chewing or swallowing
- Persistent sore throat
Why It Is Important to Have an Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer is treatable, especially when caught in the early stages. It can be easy to overlook the signs of oral disease if you are unsure what you are looking for. Regular oral cancer screenings can catch problems early on, whether cancerous or not. Dr. Clemenza can perform a biopsy and run tests to diagnose problems and develop a personalized treatment plan.
You’re in Good Hands with Us
Do not ignore any changes or pain you feel in your mouth. As a physician and oral surgeon, Dr. Clemenza has extensive knowledge of the mouth and pathological processes enabling him to accurately diagnose and treat problems. Contact Keystone OMS’s Hermitage office at (724) 981-8884 or the New Castle office at (724) 698-7095 to schedule an appointment and have any concerns addressed.