If you aren’t testing your patients for HPV you’re putting them at risk—and you’re missing out on an opportunity improve your patients’ health and to expand your practice.
HPV is reaching epidemic levels in the U.S. affecting more than 20 million Americans, according to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal. This is a big deal: HPV significantly increases risk of several types of cancer—including oral cancer.
You can save lives through early detection of a virus that leads to aggressive cancers. Adding oral HPV screening to your repertoire of care will also boost your bottom line. As you refer patients who test positive for HPV to their primary-care physicians for treatment, you have the opportunity to strengthen relationships within the network of local physicians.
The test is quite simple, as well as affordable for you and your patients. Administering the test adds mere minutes to a routine exam. Within a week you will receive results of the test through an email.
HPV screening gives your patients the advantage of early detection that can prevent cancer and other complications of the disease, and it gives you a competitive advantage in increasing revenue by offering a valuable service to your patients while you strengthen your relationships with physicians in your area.
The general public is becoming more aware of HPV. Consequently, more patients are asking their dentists about oral HPV infection, prevention and treatment. Keep at the top of your game by learning about HPV so you can give your patients answers and solutions.
Dentists today have the opportunity to be much more than carpenters of the mouth. As a disease prevention specialist, you’ll gain a competitive advantage by offering more than just fillings and veneers. The technology to save lives is at your fingertips. This is your opportunity to step outside the box and step into greater success.
What are your thoughts about testing your at risk patients for HPV?