Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the U.S. All types of cancer have the potential to be fatal, including oral cancer. Because of the dangers associated with this disease, the Oral Cancer Foundation designated April as Oral Cancer Awareness Month.
When you go to the dentist, you’re checking off a lot of boxes in your oral health to-do list. In addition to getting a full cleaning and treatment plan for problems like cavities and gum disease, you’re also getting an oral cancer screening. The sooner signs of oral cancer are detected, the sooner it can be treated—and the better your prognosis will be.
Be on the Lookout for These Symptoms
When you visit Willow Chase Dentistry, our dental experts will evaluate your gums and mouth for problems, including signs of oral cancer. But you should also be mindful of symptoms between visits. If you notice any of the following symptoms, contact our office to request an appointment as soon as possible:
- Lump on your lip or inside your mouth or throat
- White or red patch on your gums, tongue, or mouth lining
- Bleeding, pain, or numbness in your mouth
- Persistent sore throat that doesn’t respond to treatment
- Pain when chewing or swallowing
- Swollen jaw
- Difficulty speaking or hoarseness of your voice
- Ear pain
Early detection is key. If you wait too long for your symptoms to be examined by a dentist, your condition may worsen and it may be more difficult for you to be successfully treated.
Don’t let a small problem become a potentially life-threatening situation. Stay on top of your oral health by scheduling regular screenings and check-ups. Request a dental appointment today at Willow Chase Dentistry for all of your preventative care needs.