You’ve probably heard that oral cancer is extremely dangerous. Similarly, you probably know that a few habits–such as smoking–can leave you more vulnerable to this issue. However, did you know that oral cancer can technically be anywhere in your mouth or even on your lips, tongue, or cheeks.
Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to identify oral cancer. Often, oral cancer initially feels like a canker sore that doesn’t fade. Similarly, you may experience lumps anywhere in your mouth, including your gums and lips. White or red patches, unexplained bleeding from your mouth, bad breath, weight loss, and trouble speaking or chewing are common symptoms. Finally, you may experience a sore throat, pain in your ear, or a change in your voice.
Finally, we recommend visiting your dentist frequently even if you aren’t experiencing any of these issues. You see, a dentist will be able to examine your smile and may notice complications that could be missed otherwise. Generally, during these visits our team will clean your mouth thoroughly before Dr. Maria Boutsikos, DMD inspects your mouth–usually with simply a glove, dye, or specialized light.
Please note that not every abnormality will be cancerous. If something is discovered, our team at Dynamic Dental Smiles will perform additional tests and give you specific advice.
If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of an oral cancer screening, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 941-549-8930. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have.