HPV and Oral Health

HPV is a commonly sexually transmitted virus and disease in United States.

“HPV is the leading cause of oropharyngeal cancers (the very back of the mouth and a part of the throat), and a very small number of front of the mouth, oral cavity cancers. HPV16 is the version most responsible, and affects both males and females.” – See more at: HPV and Oral Cancer Facts 

If you have a sore in any of the highlighted areas that does not resolve within one week, increases in size, changes color, or becomes painful, call your dentist today for an evaluation.

Areas to look at:

  • Lips: on the inside of your upper and lower lips
  • Gum tissue: around your teeth in the front and back
  • Cheeks: on the side of your cheeks
  • Tongue: on the side and underneath your tongue
  • Roof of your mouth