Oral cancer strikes about 35,000 Americans each year, and 25% of these people will die of the disease.  Smoking and alcohol use greatly increase the risk of oral cancer, especially the use of “smokeless” tobacco products.  Oral cancer is more likely to occur after the age of 40.Dentist Checkup

Like with most cancers, early detection is critical.  And your dentist can help.

Oral cancer typically starts as a small sore or white/red spot anywhere in the mouth, including the gums, cheek, lips, or palate.  Other symptoms can include:

 

  • A sore that bleeds easily or does not heal
  • A color change of the oral tissues
  • A lump, thickening, rough spot, crust or small eroded area
  • Pain, tenderness, or numbness anywhere in the mouth or on the lips
  • Difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking or moving the jaw or tongue.

The initial cancer can be so small that you may not notice it until it becomes a bigger problem.  That’s where your dentist comes in.

At Charlotte Dentistry®, every procedure, even routine cleanings, includes a screening for oral cancer and other abnormalities.  This early detection can mean much simpler treatment and faster recovery, and it could even save your life.

We have better tools than ever for detecting and treating oral cancer in its early stages.  If you notice any changes in your mouth that don’t seem normal, call us at 704.376.6470 for a checkup, or use the “Ask The Expert” feature on our website.  It may be something that doesn’t merit concern, but if not, we can help you catch it early.

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