You’ve probably heard that oral cancer is extremely dangerous. Similarly, you probably know that a few habits–such as smoking–can leave you more vulnerable to this issue. However, did you know that oral cancer can technically be anywhere in your mouth or even on your lips, tongue, or cheeks.
As with most forms of cancer (and many problems), identifying the problem early makes it much easier to treat. However, do you know what signs you should look for? Fortunately, there are quite a few. For instance, did you know that oral cancer can initially feel like a bump or a sore that refuses to heal? Similarly, you may experience lumps anywhere in your mouth, including your gums and lips. White or red patches, unexplained bleeding from your mouth, bad breath, weight loss, and trouble speaking or chewing are common symptoms. Finally, you may experience a sore throat, pain in your ear, or a change in your voice.
Of course, we recommend visiting your dentist every six months for a routine cleaning. You see, most dentist will inspect your mouth for signs of oral cancer during these visits. Generally, our dentist will simply wear a glove and inspect your mouth, but may also use a dye test or specialized light.
Please note that not every abnormality will be cancerous. If something is discovered, our team at Red Mountain Family Dental will perform additional tests and give you specific advice.
If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of an oral cancer screening, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 480-641-4165. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have.