Oral cancer is one of those deadly diseases that catches most of its victims entirely off-guard.
Individuals affected by oral cancer don’t realize they have it until it’s too late. Oral cancer can cause difficulty speaking, breathing, eating, or swallowing. But by the time these symptoms show up, the cancer is usually beyond the point of responding to treatment.
Ironically, oral cancer is usually very easy to treat . . . as long as it’s caught early enough.
How can you find out your oral cancer risk before it’s too late?
The first thing to do is visit your dentist.
Oral Cancer Screenings at the Dentist
Routine dental checkups typically include a thorough oral cancer screening. Your dentist will examine your tongue, gums, lips, cheeks, and throat for unusual patches, wounds, discoloration, or scars. Even normal-looking lesions will be noted and tracked for changes down the road.
Biopsies by the Oral Surgeon
Oral surgeons are dental specialists trained to perform surgery on the gums and bone in your mouth and other tissues in and around it.
When it comes to removing tumors and suspicious growths or simply taking a biopsy, an oral surgeon is the one to visit. Your dentist can refer you out to an experienced surgeon in the area if you have a questionable spot in your mouth.
Lower Your Risk for Oral Cancer
Visit your dentist to learn what you can do to reduce your individual risk for oral cancer. This may involve cutting back on alcohol consumption and/or quitting tobacco use. Good oral hygiene and regular visits to your dentist will also help you keep your mouth healthy and comfortable for years to come.
Posted on behalf of:
Smile Design Studios
6130 Highway 6
Missouri City, TX 77459
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