Posted by: Dealon Dental - A DC Dental Company | December 27, 2011

Recognizing the Signs of Oral Cancer

dental supplierThere are more than 28,000 cases of oral cancer each year according to the American Cancer Society. About 7,000 of those cases result in death each year. However, symptoms are often not obvious in the beginning and therefore it can be difficult to detect. There are several signs to be wary of, but keep in mind that not all mean it is cancer. Either way, if symptoms persist, you need to see a dentist immediately for treatment.

  • Continuous mouth pain
  • Sores and bumps in the mouth
  • Difficulty moving mouth and jaw
  • Difficulty chewing and swallowing
  • Soreness of the throat
  • Bump on the neck
  • Pain in one ear
  • Bleeding from the tongue, gums, and/or cheeks
  • Numbness of the mouth or jaw

Both a dentist and an oncologist will need to examine you if cancer is the suspected cause. Oral cancer can be treated one of three ways, surgery, radiation therapy, or chemotherapy. The severity and where exactly the cancer is will determine which option your doctor will choose. You can help prevent oral cancer, or at least catch it very early, if you perform regular self-checkups. Check your teeth, gums, cheeks, tongue, throat, and roof of the mouth for abnormalities or pain. Use proper dental hygiene products and visit your dentist regularly so that he may continue keeping your mouth healthy with dentist supplies.

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