Oral cancer is a form of cancer occurring in the mouth that can lead to damaged tissues in the mouth, lips, tongue, throat, and tonsils. Failure to catch and treat oral cancer early can be fatal. Therefore, we encourage you to look out for the signs of oral cancer and receive routine oral cancer screenings.
What are the signs?
- Persistent difficulty swallowing
- Red and/or white patches or spots in the mouth
- Oral bleeding
- Sores that fail to heal within two weeks
- Pain/difficulty chewing, speaking, or moving the jaw/tongue
- Tenderness, numbness, or pain in the mouth, lips, or on the tongue
Risk and Prevention
Factors such as a family history of cancer, use of tobacco or smokeless tobacco products, excessive consumption of alcohol, and exposure to the HPV-16 virus can increase your risk of contracting oral cancer.
In order to reduce your risk of getting oral cancer, avoid the use of tobacco products and minimize drinking. You should also practice good oral hygiene, especially by regularly visiting your dentist for screenings and cleanings. Even if you are not at a high risk for developing oral cancer, you should still take these preventative measures to stay healthy.
In Need Of An Oral Cancer Screening?
Regular visits to Town and Country Smiles can help minimize your risk of developing oral cancer! We will screen for oral cancer and help prevent other dental health issues. Contact us to set up your next appointment!