About 54,000 Americans get diagnosed with oral cancer each year. It’s not always easy to spot, which is why regular oral cancer screenings are so important. Dentists are trained to recognize signs. What are they looking for?
What Are the Symptoms of Oral Cancer?
Oral cancer can appear in places like your cheek lining, on your gums, on your lips, on and under your tongue, and on the roof of your mouth. Here are the main symptoms to check for:
- Red or white patches anywhere in your mouth
- Numbness, tenderness, or pain in your mouth or on your lips
- A rash or sore that doesn’t heal after two weeks or keeps returning
- Lumps or rough spots in your mouth
- A change in your bite
- Difficulty swallowing, speaking, or chewing
- Difficulty moving your tongue or jaw
- A sore throat
Dentists can see physical signs like patches, but if you’re experiencing symptoms like trouble swallowing or pain, please let us know.
What Is an Oral Cancer Screening Like?
Oral cancer screenings are part of a routine dental exam. We’ll check your lips, cheek lining, gums, tongue, the roof of your mouth, and the floor of your mouth. We’ll also examine your throat, neck, and jaw. Screenings are painless and don’t require any special preparation. If we find something concerning, we may recommend tests or a follow-up appointment to see if the issue is still there.
Oral Cancer Screenings at Peak Dentistry in Clyde, NC
Anyone can get oral cancer, but certain activities (like smoking and heavy alcohol use) increase your risk. Poor oral hygiene also puts your health at risk, so be sure to brush, floss, and visit our office for professional cleanings! If you have questions about oral cancer screenings or want to book an appointment with one of the Ramellini doctors, please contact us today.Contact Us