What do you know about oral cancer? You may understand that many people who smoke ultimately find themselves with oral cancer. Still, did you know that drinking can cause the same problems? Or that oral cancer doesn’t necessarily form exclusively in your mouth? In fact, oral cancer can also form in on your gums, in your cheeks, or even on your tongue.
Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to identify oral cancer. Often, oral cancer initially feels like a canker sore that doesn’t fade. 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 Smiles 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 541.787.4733. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have.