Oral cancer is a disease that kills more people nationwide than either melanoma (skin cancer) or cervical cancer. Each year, approximately 29,000 people learn they have oral cancer. However, many people are unaware of the need for cancer screening and regular dental exams.
Cancer can affect any part of the mouth, including the lip or tongue. The incidence of oral cancer increases with age. Smoking and use of smokeless (chewing) tobacco, alcohol, sun exposure, and poor oral hygiene also increase your risk.
Symptoms of oral cancer include:
- A persistent sore or irritation that does not heal
- The development of red and/or white lesions
- Pain, tenderness, or numbness anywhere in the mouth or on the lips
- A lump, thickening, rough spot, crust, or small eroded area
- Difficulty in chewing, swallowing, speaking, or moving the jaw or tongue
- A change in bite.
Periodic oral examinations are essential to maintain good health. During a dental check up, we will do a thorough oral examination to detect cancer at an early stage when it can be treated most successfully.
Please call us at (740) 474-4396 to schedule an appointment for a dental examination. We want to help you eliminate your risk factors and maintain your oral health for a long, happy life. Again, thank you for choosing The Guter Center as your dental care provider.