Do you know about the risks, signs and symptoms of oral cancer? If not, keep reading to learn more.
Oral cancer is a type of head and neck cancer that can occur in any part of the mouth, including the tongue, lips, cheeks, gums or palate. Early detection is incredibly important so that individuals can receive the proper treatment if needed.
At Verber Family Dentistry in Camp Hill, PA, we screen for oral cancer during your regular check-up visits. When detected early enough, mouth can be treated and cured. That’s why it is important for us to check for any signs of mouth cancer during your visit.
Risk Factors of Mouth Cancer
The primary risk factor for developing oral cancer is using tobacco products such as cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco. Other risk factors include long-term exposure to the sun or other forms of ultraviolet radiation, alcohol use, HPV infection, and a family history of oral cancer.
Common signs and symptoms of oral cancer include sores that don’t heal, changes in the way your teeth fit together (dental misalignment), lumps or thickening in the mouth, loose teeth and trouble swallowing. Other signs may include numbness in parts of the face, a sore throat, earache and hoarseness.
If any of these signs and symptoms are present, it is best to visit your dentist immediately for an examination. If mouth cancer is suspected, a biopsy may be needed to confirm the diagnosis.
At Verber Family Dentistry in Camp Hill, PA, we take early detection of mouth cancer seriously. That’s why during regular check-ups, we screen for signs and symptoms of mouth cancer so that if you do have it, we can refer you to a specialist for further evaluation.
Early detection is key in treating oral cancer and improving the patient’s chances at successful treatment. If you have any questions or concerns about oral cancer please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re here to help.