Are you one of the many people who avoid the dentist as much as possible? If so, you could be placing yourself in danger. For example, did you know with every dental checkup, an oral cancer screening is provided? Yes, it’s true! Catching cancer early can help you overcome it in the long run.
Our dentist, Dr. Lisa K. Attaway with Family Dentistry of Rockwall in Rockwall, Texas, cares about your well-being, and has provided you some information on identifying oral cancer.
Oral cancer targets thousands of Americans each year. Oral cancer can appear on the tongue, in the mouth, and even in the throat. Smoking and any tobacco use are commonly linked to oral cancer. However, even people who have never used tobacco in any form can still suffer from oral cancers disastrous effects.
Common side effects of oral cancer include:
- Inflammation: Swelling can occur from areas of your mouth.
- Lumps and bumps: Any unexplained growths in your mouth need to be treated.
- Spots or patches: Red or white spots could be an indicator of cancer or an infection.
- Bleeding: Unexplained bleeding can occur from your mouth, gums, or throat.
- Jaw Movement: Difficulty chewing, talking, or moving your jaw in any way can be an indicator.
- A sore throat: A persistent sore throat could be a sign that should not be ignored.
- Change in your voice: If your voice changes as an adult or feels sore, get checked out quickly.
- Ear pain: Your jawbone is close to the ears, so ear pain could be an indicator of oral cancer.
- Dramatic weight loss: Dramatic weight loss is a sign of many forms of cancer.
- Pain in the mouth or jaw: Unexplained pain in your mouth could be caused by a small tumor.
- Numbness: Numbness in your mouth, tongue, or throat could be a tumor hitting a nerve.
- Sensitivity: An increase in sensitivity in your mouth and neck should be looked at right away.
If you have noticed any of these conditions in your mouth, it’s essential to seek professional help and treatment as soon as possible.
If you have questions about your oral health, or if you are in need of a dental checkup, please call us today at 972-772-3900 to make an appointment. Our dental team is happy to provide you with a checkup and review your oral health.