Research is now showing that HPV isn't just a genital and cervical illness that people have to worry about, but that both genders can get oral HPV. If you have had the genitalia of another person in your mouth at some point, and you are now concerned that you could potentially have HPV, you want to get in to see a dentist right away. Here are some of things that you want to have done at the appointment.
You probably want to go get a professional cleaning to put your mind at ease that someone has cleaned deep between your gums and teeth. If you are past due for your annual oral heath cleanings, you may need to get a deep tissue cleaning while at the office. Ask about a fluoride treatment and treatment for any problems that the hygienist or dentist sees.
Have the dentist do an inspection to see if you have any lesions on the inside of your mouth. It may be difficult to tell if you have the virus if you don't currently have any lesions or sores, but the dentist can scrape the skin and take a skin sample to have the cells tested. Early detection is the best way to get on top of treating the cancer if this is a problem.
Precautions to Take
If you haven't already contracted problem the most obvious way to avoid contracting it would to be to keep genatalia out of your mouth. Unfortunately, this could already be in the mouth of someone that you are kissing, and it could be spread. Have anyone that you want to be intimate with tested for oral and genital HPV, to find out of they are safe and what you should do.
It is estimated that one in nine men currently has some form of HPV in their mouth. You don't want to find out that you have this condition after you could have been getting treatment, to find out that it is too late to get the treatment that you need. Go to see your dentist twice a year so they can clean your teeth as needed to protect your smile, and so they can also screen you regularly for HPV inside the mouth. This is preventable and also treatable if caught early through regular screenings and dental cleanings at the office. Speak to your dentist if you have questions.