Symptoms of Oral Cancer
When discussing any of the major health conditions that can take place in the mouth, oral cancer typically leads the list as one of the most pervasive and deadly that any patient can be diagnosed with. Nearly 8,000 Americans die from this disease every single year with another 34,000 being diagnosed with it for the first time. With a little bit of information and regular trips to our Culver City dentist, locals will dramatically increase their chances of catching oral cancer early or staving it off before it ever develops.
Oral cancer is a very slow-developing disease, which means it is very important for everyone to remain aware of some of the symptoms in order to catch it early. Some things to look out for in the oral cavity are lesions that do not heal after a week, difficulty swallowing, strange tastes in the mouth, bleeding from erupted sores, a habitual sore throat, change in the jaw structure, difficulty while chewing, or a numbness in the oral area.
If any of these symptoms begin to appear, it is important to schedule a dental exam immediately. The experienced staff here at United Dental Care will be able to closely examine these early warning signs and do some of the initial testing.
If you would like to steer clear of this deadly and persistent disease, it is important to remember to discontinue all tobacco use, maintain impeccable daily oral hygiene habits, and continue to make semi-annual appointments to United Dental Care or in the event of any abnormalities in the mouth.
Visit ADA.org to learn more about the symptoms and treatments of oral cancer.