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30

5 Signs of Oral Cancer to Watch For

Posted in Oral Cancer

Oral cancer is a very serious issue which directly affects the body’s overall health. Early detection leads to early treatment, which can mean that treatment will be the most effective it can be. It’s essential that you educate yourself on a few signs to be alert to. Symptoms of oral cancer can include the following:

  1. The presence of a sore in or near the mouth that does not heal
  2. Discolored patch on tongue, gums, back of throat, or on the inside of cheeks or lips
  3. Thick or lumpy areas on the inside of your cheek
  4. One or more teeth are suddenly loose, for no obvious reason
  5. Sensation there is something still stuck in your throat after you swallow

One or more of these symptoms may not necessarily indicate the start of malignant cancer, but if they persist for two or more weeks, then it will be especially necessary to visit an oral health care specialist for evaluation.

It is so important that you are alert to possible changes in appearance of tissues in your mouth. This is because the early stages of cancer symptoms are usually not painful. Patients who don’t feel any discomfort usually don’t have any abnormalities to report. Regularly checking your own mouth in a mirror for signs such as those listed above could lead to early detection of a serious problem.

Maintain a regular schedule of visits to the dentist office, so that you will stay informed of your risk for oral disease. In doing so, you will also be more alert to changes in your dental health.

Posted on behalf of:
Park South Dentistry
30 Central Park S #13C
New York, NY 10019
(212) 355-2000

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