signs of oral cancerWhile any cause of mouth pain or dental-related concerns lasting more than two weeks should be seen by a dentist, there are some specific signs of oral cancer that you should have checked right away.

Possible oral cancer symptoms

Talk to your dentist if you have one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Painful chewing and/or swallowing
  • Persistent sore throat
  • Mouth sores that bleed or do not heal
  • Pain in the tongue
  • Spots in the mouth or on the gums that thicken and become raised
  • Loosening of teeth
  • Dentures that lose their fit
  • Stiff or sore jaw

Visit your dentist to rule out oral cancer and other possible causes for these symptoms.

Risk factors

In addition, some patients may be at a higher risk of developing oral cancers. Increased risk factors include:

  • Heavy sun exposure to face
  • Weakened immune systems
  • Any type of tobacco use
  • Excessive alcohol use
  • Contraction of human papillomavirus (HPV)

Patients meeting one or more of the above conditions should visit a dentist regularly for evaluations and, when necessary, early treatment of oral cancer.

Preventive care

Visiting your dentist regularly is an important step in preventing oral cancer, and early detection is a key step in treating it. Your dentist will be able to help you identify any early warning signs. An oral cancer screening can be done quickly and easily along with your regular check-up and cleaning.

Call us to make an appointment or ask questions today. Protect your smile and have peace of mind with an oral cancer screening included in your dental exam.