Fight Oral Cancer With Early Detection

image of smiling womenAlmost 54,000 individuals are diagnosed with some type of oral cancer or cancer of the larynx each year. These are some of the deadliest cancers and unfortunately, the number of people diagnosed is only going up.

However, the good news is that your dentist is your first line of defense against these cancers. The reason oral cancer has such a high death rate, is because early detection is the key to fighting it and getting the best treatment. During your regular exam, your dentist is doing more than just looking for cavities. They are also looking for any signs of oral cancer. It may happen that your dentist may see something in your mouth that could be cancerous and they may send you to a specialist to get it checked out.

Symptoms of oral cancer can include bleeding sores, sores that do not heal, lumps, think, hard spots, throat soreness or the feeling that something is caught in the throat, difficulty chewing or swallowing, ear pain, difficulty moving the jaw or tongue, hoarseness, tongue numbness, and changes in the way teeth fir together. If you have any of these symptoms, you should talk to your dentist so he can examine your mouth in more detail to look for oral cancer.

Another tool your dentist uses to detect oral cancer is to take x-rays. Watch this video for more information about how they are used.

Fight Oral Cancer With Early Detection!! Call The Smile Center today to schedule your appointment for your regular exam and cleaning.