Dental Tips Blog

Aug
22

Do You Know the Signs of Oral Cancer?

Posted in Oral Cancer

Every year, an estimated 50,000 adults in the United States are diagnosed with some form of oral cancer.

Oral cancer is usually easy to treat. But it can quickly turn deadly if not caught in time.

Regular dental checkups are your best resource for staying on top of your oral cancer risk and diagnosis.

At the same time, staying alert to changes in your own mouth can help increase your chances of early detection.

Possible Signs and Symptoms of Oral Cancer

One or more of the following signs doesn’t guarantee that you have cancer, but they still merit inspection by a dentist:

  • A strange growth in your mouth
  • Thickening tissues
  • White patches
  • Loose teeth
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • A sore that doesn’t heal and/or keeps bleeding
  • Tongue pain
  • Stiff jaw
  • Denture not fitting like it used to

Get into the habit of examining your mouth at least once a week so that if something changes, you’ll notice it right away. If the change doesn’t go away in a couple of weeks, you should see a dentist.

Carefully examine your gums, the back of your throat, all sides of your tongue, the inside of your cheeks, and both the inside and outside of your lips.

Are You at Risk?

Oral cancer can affect anyone, but it’s most common among males over the age of 40. People who use tobacco, abuse alcohol, or who are exposed to a lot of sunlight on a regular basis are also at increased risk.

Plan a checkup at your local dental office which includes an oral cancer screening. Talk with your dentist to find out more about early detection and lowering your risk for oral cancer.

Posted on behalf of:
Dr. David Kurtzman D.D.S.
611 Campbell Hill St. NW #101
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 980-6336

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