There are more than 200,000 cases of oral cancer in the United States every year. Oral cancer can affect the lips, tongue, cheeks, throat and more, making it imperative to get screened during a regular dental visit or upon suspicion of symptoms.
Symptoms of oral cancer can be watched for at home, but a screening is a routine part of any regular dental checkup. Visual symptoms include red or white patches, lumps, dry spots or small eroded areas, and an ill-fitting bite when your mouth is closed.
Additionally, you may experience difficulty chewing and swallowing, speaking or moving your jaw, and soreness or irritation that won’t go away.
Common factors that can increase the risk of oral cancer include the use of tobacco of any kind, significant sun exposure (lip cancer), heavy alcohol use and the human papilloma virus (HPV).
To learn more about oral cancer screenings, or to be screened, please contact our experienced staff at Country Isles Dental.